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Man Rescued From Roof Of Burning Home In Lambertville

The fire drew crews to Lambertville on Thursday.

Credit: City of Lambertville Fire Department

Firefighters quickly put down a blaze in the City of Lambertville Thursday afternoon.

Just before 4 p.m., a woman came into the city’s fire station saying “help me!” and reporting her home was ablaze. She added that her son was inside of the house, City of Lambertville Fire Chief Mike Barlow said.

The fire was at a home in the 200 block of North Main Street, just a short distance from the station.

Barlow said he arrived and sized up the scene. He found the woman’s son on the roof and told him a ladder was on the way.

The fire department’s crews were on the scene within seconds. So fast, in fact, that dispatchers were still on the radio calling firefighters to the scene.

Arriving city crews began putting down flames and put up a ladder to second floor to rescue the man from the burning home, Barlow said.

Credit: City of Lambertville Fire Department

The man was removed from the second floor and transported to Hunterdon Medical Center for treatment by the Lambertville-New Hope Ambulance and Rescue Squad, Barlow said.

The chief said firefighters took six minutes to bring the blaze under control.

The fire was contained to a bedroom in the house, and the residence suffered water, smoke, and heat damage, Barlow said.

Initial reports were that the woman’s son attempted to put out the fire with an extinguisher before he was rescued from the roof.

Barlow said the fast response led to the fire not spreading further or devouring the entire home.

Credit: City of Lambertville Fire Department

An investigation found the fire was caused by careless smoking in a bedroom, Barlow said.

North Main Street in the area of the fire scene was closed as crews responded to the fire.

In addition to the Lambertville Fire Department, the Hopewell, New Hope-Eagle, West Amwell Township, and Sergeantsville fire companies assisted.

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