CVP EXCLUSIVE: Carlstadt Councilman Richard Bartlett was still in surgery tonight after suffering a broken collarbone and shattered bones in his elbow when he was hit by a hose ring while fighting an East Rutherford fire that killed a 77-year-old resident.
Bartlett was in surgery at Holy Name Hospital for five hours, a source with direct knowledge of his condition told CLIFFVIEW PILOT at 8:15 tonight.
Fellow emergency workers said he was hit by the ring after a vehicle drove over the five-inch supply hose, dragging it.
For an idea of what it was like, this involves a smaller hose (Training ordinarily is conducted at 60 to 70 pounds of pressure per square inch, a local firefighter notes. At a working fire, lines are charged around 120 pounds per, he said) :
He was one of two firefighters reported injured in the blaze, which claimed resident Daniel Lighan.
Police, firefighters and emergency medical workers tried to keep Lighan alive, but he apparently died during the High Street house fire, East Rutherford Police Chief Lawrence Minda told CLIFFVIEW PILOT tonight.
VIDEO OF THE FIRE by Mike Villanova:
(Villanova also contributed the photo above)
The two-alarm blaze broke out just before 11:30 this morning at the 2,100-square-foot multi-family house just off Paterson Avenue.
In addition to East Rutherford, units from Carlstadt, Lyndhurst and Moonachie responded.
The roof later collapsed in the blaze, which fire officials declared under control around 2 o’clock.
Sections of High Street and Paterson and Park avenues remained closed this afternoon as the Bergen County Sheriff’s Bureau of Criminal Identification collected evidence.