SPOTSWOOD – Two first responders were injured during a house fire in which several family members and pets were rescued.
Spotswood police responded to Fernhead Avenue around 1:01 p.m. April 29 for a report of a house fire.
Upon arrival, officers observed flames and heavy smoke coming from the top of the home, according to information provided by the Spotswood Police Department.
Officers entered the house and assisted the residents in exiting the home while also gathering some of the family pets.
During this time, one of the officers suffered smoke inhalation, according to reports. He was treated on scene by Spotswood EMS and was transported to the hospital.
Spotswood Fire Department members, along with Monroe, East Brunswick, South Old Bridge, Helmetta, Jamesburg and Milltown, responded to extinguish the fire.
Upon arrival, firefighters were able to remove additional pets from the home.
During the incident, a firefighter was sent to the hospital along with a resident who sustained an injury, according to reports.
East Brunswick Animal Control was dispatched. The animal control officer was able to resuscitate an unresponsive cat that was rescued from the fire, according to the statement.
Out of 11 animals, two cats died and one is missing.
Anyone who would like to assist the family should visit the Spotswood PBA Local 225 Facebook page for more information.