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.