Burn Victims Airlifted After Bloomingdale Apartment Fire

Four apartments uninhabitable after morning fire at Mountain Top Estates.

A man and woman were airlifted to the St. Barnabas Medical Center after suffering from facial burns in a fire Friday morning at the Mountain Top Estates apartment complex in Bloomingdale, according to Police Chief Joseph Borell. Both were in critical but stable condition as of Friday afternoon.

Four apartments are now uninhabitable as a result of the fire. Four additional apartments were damaged.

Firefighters arrived on the scene on Forest Drive around 7:20 a.m. to find a second-story apartment engulfed in flames. The victims, both in their 30s, are tenants of the apartment that was on fire, Borell said. In addition to facial burns, they both suffered from smoke inhalation.

"Damage to the apartments ranged from fire, smoke and water damage," he said.

While police are still investigating the cause of the fire, it does not appear to be suspicious, according to a press release sent by Sgt. Mark Johnson.

The American Red Cross responded to the scene and will be helping families who will not be able to return to their apartments for the time being. Borell said the apartment managers are also making arrangements to house residents in vacant units in the complex. 

Carolyn February 02, 2013 at 12:54 PM
We have an amazing VOLUNTEER fire department. We are so lucky in this town. I truly hope all residents will send annual donations to them so that they can always have the equipment they need. If there's anything worth supporting, this is it!
brian mason February 02, 2013 at 02:06 PM
I would like to donate a bed to anyone that can use it. Please call 862-684-2558. Brian
Fire Fighter February 02, 2013 at 05:34 PM
I think the Bloomingdale fire dept Handeled the situation very well. They staged there man power in the right spot n I do say as a fire fighter from butler we revived the best method from the chief for the attack on the fire.
Ronna Davis February 03, 2013 at 02:56 PM
I have some girls clothes, winter coat and misc.items size 8-10 some 12. E-mail me if there is a need nursedavis13212@gmail.com. Prayers to all the families involved.
Kristen February 04, 2013 at 05:51 PM
I was under the impression that the Borough funds all of the equipment and expenses of the FD. The donations do not fund it. I am not quite sure where the donations go but I think it is for the firemen's hall.


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