Woman suffers severe burns in Galloway fire

February 17, 2011 12:55:06 PM PST
One woman is suffering from possible life-threatening injuries, multiple people are hospitalized, and a dog perished in a fire in Galloway Township, New Jersey Thursday morning.

Galloway fire companies, police, and emergency crews were called to the report of a fire at 46 Navajo Court at around 10:06 a.m.

Upon arrival, police found a woman outside the home with burns to her face.

She was flown by helicopter to Temple University Hospital for possible life-threatening burns to her face and respiratory system, as well as smoke inhalation.

The fire department rescued another woman from a third floor unit of the building by way of a ladder to avoid the smoke and heat covering the first floor.

An elderly woman suffering from chest pains, a firefighter suffering from minor burns to his head, and another firefighter suffering from smoke inhalation were all transported to Atlantic City Regional Medical Center Mainland Campus.

Officials say a dog was killed in the home when the fire started.

According to Fire Investigator Ronald Garbutt, the fire was contained to 46 Navajo Court which is part of a 12 unit multifamily building. The other 11 units received smoke damage only.

The first fire crew on location was a New Jersey forest fire service truck that was in the area and was able to keep the fire contained until the fire companies arrived on location.

The fire was declared under control at 10:47.

Emergency crews from Galloway Township, Absecon, Brigantine, Pleasantville, Egg Harbor Township, and Hamilton Township responded to the scene along with AtlantiCare paramedics.

A Hammonton ambulance provided cover to the township for any additional EMS calls.