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Seven Injured NJ Firefighters Returning to Duty

New Jersey Tribune via YellowBrix

July 29, 2010

IRVINGTON — Seven firefighters injured while fighting a three-alarm blaze on Irvington’s Grove Street Tuesday evening all returned to duty, fire officials said.

Although four firefighters were taken to area hospitals suffering from bruises, sprains and burns, all were released shortly afterward, Irvington Deputy Chief Pat Hand said.

“They’re all going to be OK,” he said.

The fire’s cause is still being determined but arson investigators were sifting through the damage on Wednesday, Hand said. The blaze destroyed a vacant 2 1/2-story wood-frame home. The fire, which broke out around 6 p.m. at 1050 Grove, caused minor damage to neighboring homes, but both are habitable, Hand said.

Three township firefighters were treated at the scene and returned to duty. Another township firefighter was taken to University Hospital in Newark with a back injury, and two other Irvington firemen went to Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark with undisclosed injuries. A Maplewood firefighter suffered burns and was taken to St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston.