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Firefighter seriously hurt after fall from 2nd floor while battling East Orange home fire

Crews from Irvington, Bloomfield and Orange responded after flames erupted on Park Avenue

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A firefighter is in serious but stable condition after being hurt while battling a house fire in East Orange early Tuesday morning. The fire tore through a home on Park Avenue.

The chief says the firefighter was on the second floor and fell through a gap. The firefighter issued a Mayday call and an assist and search team had to go in to get him out.

As for the home itself near North Clinton Street, it was ravaged by flames, left charred and blackened after all the fire and smoke that came out from the inside.

Firefighters were called to the home at about 4:15 a.m. When they arrived there was massive fire and smoke coming from the back of the home. Fire crews at one point had to break through the roof as they worked to put the flames out.

Crews from Irvington, Bloomfield and Orange were called to help out. The fire was intense that neighbors in surrounding homes had to be evacuated.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated, but officials believe it was electrical.

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