Newark – Partial Collapse of NJ Mansion Hurts Firefighters
A partial collapse that happened during a fire inside a historic mansion in Newark last Thursday October 17 left a couple of firefighters injured.
A group of firefighters responded to the fire that started just before 8 p.m. at a three-story building in the 100 block of Clinton Avenue. The building affected by the fire, Kastner Mansion, was a historic mansion built around 1890, according to the city’s public safety department.
Witnesses at the scene say that flames had ignited the top floor of the Kastner Mansion, before engulfing most of the building. One group of firefighters were briefly trapped inside the blaze when the first-story ceiling of the building gave way, partially collapsing the building. After a brief scuttle, the firefighters were able to free themselves from the wreckage and get out with minor injuries. One firefighter suffered from a knee injury, whicle another firefighter suffered from an injury just above the eye.
It took Newark firefighters, together with members of the Bloomfield and Elizabeth fire departments four hours to put the blaze under control. Thankfully, the building is currently vacant and no civilians were harmed.
We are incredibly happy that no one was seriously hurt in the fire. Firefighting can be a very dangerous job and injuries while on the job can be very common. Buildings react very differently to fires, some keep their integrity and some may collapse because of the blaze. There may also be toxic fumes that seep out because of the heat from the flames. This is why injuries can occur, and chronic illnesses may develop from inhaling those toxic fumes. firefighters can file a workers’ compensation claim for these injuries. Time is of the essence when filing these claims as insurance companies may decline a claim for an accident that did not happen recently.
We at Brach Eichler, LLC admire firefighters for the bravery they posses and the safety they provide people.
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