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East Orange firefighter suffers serious injuries

June 7, 2012 11:58:43 AM PDT
Officials in East Orange say Fire Captain John Anderson suffered more serious injuries fighting a fire on Wednesday night than previously thought.

Further diagnosis showed that he sustained multiple traumas and fractures. He is listed in serious condition in the ICU unit at UMDNJ Hospital in Newark. Officials said the 24-year veteran of the EOFD will undergo surgery later Thursday.

Anderson was on the top floor of the 2 1/2-story private home on Hawthorne Avenue when he fell from a landing, going through one floor and landing on the bottom floor.

When the accident happened, a mayday was declared and the firefighters evacuated the building. They were able to get Anderson out of the building safely.

The cause of the two alarm fire remains under investigation.

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