Area media are reporting that as many as 50 firefighters have been hurt battling a four-alarm fire in Jersey City, New Jersey.
BREAKING: 50 firefighters were injured, many overcome by heat, battling a fire in Jersey City. http://t.co/xxjRPlLlKk
— NBC New York (@NBCNewYork) July 19, 2013
The sweltering heat has made conditions especially dangerous and is responsible for many of the firefighters being sent to the hospital:
At least 44 firefighters injured in 4-alarm Jersey City fire: photos http://t.co/sLF68UFYlZ
— The Jersey Journal (@jerseyjournal) July 19, 2013
Jersey City Medical Center spokesman Mark Rabson said 13 Jersey City firefighters were treated at the Medical Center, 12 for heat exhaustion or smoke inhalation, and one with an ankle injury. A Bayonne firefighter was treated at the Bayonne Medical Center and 30 firefighters were treated at the scene, Rabson said.
An emergency medical technician at the scene collapsed on the sidewalk and was being treated at the scene. At the time of the fire the temperature hovered near 100-degree mark and meteorologists reported that it felt like it was 108 degrees.
We pray for the health and safety of all those involved.
Omg wow. keeping all of them in thoughts. it is unbearable outside today, just showing up is brave http://t.co/z26P6wXC6j
— Tamra M Cronin (@tamranyc) July 19, 2013
— Ricardo Kaulessar (@hack1872) July 19, 2013
Horrible fire on Boyd Avenue and Kennedy blvd. In Jersey City I ask that we all pray for the people and families affected by this tragedy.
— Samantha Minor (@WamBamDamSam) July 19, 2013