New Jersey firefighter suffers heart attack while fighting three-alarm blaze; receives CPR at scene

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  • Published: 10/30/2015 12:00 AM

A high-ranking firefighter in the borough Fire Department suffered a heart attack while fighting a three-alarm blaze Thursday evening, Fire Chief Michael Foligno said. The firefighter received CPR on the scene, was revived, and was transported to Hackensack University Medical Center for surgery, the chief said. Foligno declined to name the firefighter pending notification of the man’s family. The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office investigated the swift-moving fire at a two-family home on Halstead Place, according to county Prosecutor John L. Molinelli. It found no evidence of arson or foul play, Foligno said later. The fire left both families homeless. “It was a pretty rapid fire due to the weather conditions” that included strong winds blowing from the south, said Foligno. “It doesn’t appear to be suspicious.”


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