Young girl, 3 others injured in house fire

October 22, 2008 2:54:14 PM PDT
Four residents -- including a critically burned young girl -- were rescued from a third-alarm fire in Union City this morning. The residents were reportedly pulled from the flames on Central Avenue just after 1:30 a.m. Union City police officers responding to the fire rushed into the burning house and rescued the residents.

"I was the first on the scene and upon my arrival I was giving my fire report, and the police were coming out. They actually pulled them out of the windows," said Chief Richard LaTerra.

Eyewitness News is told all the residents sustained serious or critical injuries. One of them, an 10-year-old girl, was rushed by helicopter to the burn unit at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston. She is listed in critical condition.

Two other residents were taken to St. Mary's Hospital in Hoboken, and another was transported to Jersey City Medical Center.

Officials say three police officers who made the rescues were taken to St. Mary's Hospital in Hoboken for treatment of various injuries, including smoke inhalation.

Four firefighters were also treated, three for smoke inhalation.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The police officers and civilian who ran into the building to save the family will be recognized Wednesday afternoon.

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