Ceiling collapses on firefighter battling 3-alarm Trenton house fire

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Thursday, March 2, 2023
Ceiling collapses on firefighter battling Trenton house fire
A three-alarm fire broke out at a home on Greenwood Avenue in Trenton, injuring a firefighter.

TRENTON (WPVI) -- A firefighter was injured while battling a three-alarm fire in Trenton, New Jersey on Thursday morning.

The fire started around 5:30 a.m. in a duplex property on the 900 block of Greenwood Avenue. Fire officials said the blaze began on the vacant side of the property, which suffered heavy damage. It then spread to the occupied side of the building, damaging the second and third floors.

When fire crews arrived at the scene, flames were shooting from the single-family house. The fire quickly went to three alarms.

Action News was told one firefighter was injured after parts of the ceiling fell onto him while battling the blaze. A "mayday" was initially called, but officials said the firefighter was able to walk out of the house on his own. He was evaluated by medics on the scene, but did not need to be transported to a hospital.

The firefighter is said to be alright at this time.

All the residents of the home were able to escape the flames. One person suffered smoke inhalation and was taken to the hospital, according to officials.

Overall, 12 residents were displaced from the home. The Red Cross was on the scene to provide assistance for them.

Crews also remained on the scene putting out hot spots.

The Mercer County Prosecutor's Office is still investigating the cause of the fire.