Trenton, NJ (Mercer) – In the early hours of Wednesday, November 8, a woman and two children were rescued from their burning residence on Passaic Street by city firefighters.
The fire was first reported at approximately 2:40 a.m., prompting the dispatch of Engines 1, 8, and 10, Ladder 4, Rescue 1, and Battalion 5. The initial 911 call indicated that a woman was trapped inside the building, visible from an upper-floor window.
As firefighters were en route, additional 911 calls were received, stating that three people were trapped. Based on these reports, the “All Hands” signal was transmitted before the arrival of the firefighters. The full first alarm, including Engine 9, Ladder 1, Special Services 1, and Battalion 1, was dispatched to the scene.
Upon arrival, smoke was seen billowing from the first floor of the three-story semi-detached dwelling. The first-due Engine 1 wasted no time and initiated an aggressive interior attack. Two hoselines were deployed to extinguish the flames on the first floor. According to fireground radio transmissions, members of Rescue 1 successfully rescued a woman and two children from the third floor. Trenton Emergency Medical Service personnel swiftly took over and transported them to the hospital. Unfortunately, no information about the extent of their injuries was available at the time.
Ladder 1’s crew also removed a fourth person from the first floor, although details regarding this individual’s injuries were not disclosed.
At 3:05 a.m., the fire was officially declared under control. The cause of the fire is currently being investigated by Trenton fire officials. Given the civilian injuries, a representative from the state Division of Fire Safety was summoned to assist with the investigation.
The Red Cross and an ambulance from Lawrence Township were also called to the scene to provide aid and support to the displaced residents and Trenton EMS personnel, respectively.
In conclusion, the swift response and coordinated efforts of Trenton’s firefighters resulted in the successful rescue of a woman and two children from a burning residence on Passaic Street. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, and the affected residents are receiving assistance from the Red Cross.