A car fire on Pequannock, New Jersey's Jacksonville Road quick spread to the vinyl to an adjacent house, causing significant damage and creating a powerful blaze.
While answering the call to contain the fire, Chris Murphy of Engine Company Number 2 received second and third degree burns. While he was in the home's attack, steam and heat penetrated his gear. He was quickly moved to St. Barnabas Hospital's burn center, and was treated there for burns on his neck and back. He was discharged later the same day.
The fire was first reported at 2:40 p.m., when an overheated car caught fire, and ignited the house's vinyl siding. It was already over 90 degrees out on the day of the fire, making it all the more difficult to fight. Working with other firefighters from Lincoln Park, Riverdale, and Pompton Lakes, however, the Pequannock fire department managed to get the blaze under control within 30 minutes.
The family living in the home was out staying with relatives, and nobody other than Murphy was injured in the fire. The economic impact the blaze had on the family has been devastating, however, and neighbors have already gotten to work collecting donations and gifts to help them move forward.
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