Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Firefighter Still Hospitalized After NJ Shore Fire

From the Asbury Park Press:
One firefighter remained hospitalized Monday as investigators combed through the debris of a restaurant and two apartments that burned in an intense blaze the night before.

A total of six firefighters were taken to the hospital following the blaze at La Casa Del Sol Restaurant at 1105 Boulevard at 5:15 p.m. Sunday, according to Fire Chief Sam Samarelli.

“The building was so badly burned we condemned the property (Monday),’’ Samarelli said.

A total of 150 firefighters from the borough, as well as Lavallette, Toms River, Island Heights and Point Pleasant, battled the general alarm fire, according to the chief.

Lavallette firefighter Mike Phillips, who Samarelli said was hurt when he fell and struck his head, remain hospitalized in stable condition at Community Medical Center in Toms River.

The other injured firefighters, according to Samarelli, are Dan Jensen, Pat Duffy, Lou Nardone, Anthony Delicia and Stephen Vierschilling. He said the firefighters each suffered smoke inhalation, which occurred when the firefighters removed their air masks to put on fresh air packs.

He said all the firefighters — members of Seaside Heights, Lavallette and Seaside Park companies — were treated at Community Medical Center.

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