Toms River, NJ – One Injured in Apartment Fire on Edgewood Dr
Toms River, NJ (October 25, 2022) – On Sunday, October 23rd, at about 11:20 p.m., multiple fire and police units were dispatched to Edgewood Drive for reports of an apartment building on fire.
By the time rescuers arrived, many residents had already evacuated the building. Responding officers were informed that at least one person was still inside.
One officer climbed onto the balcony of the apartment in an attempt to locate the individual but was unable to see or hear anyone inside. The Toms River Fire Department arrived on the scene to douse the flames and secure the building.
One female victim was taken by paramedics to the Community Medical Center for treatment of smoke inhalation.
After the fire was extinguished, the area was searched again several times but no trace of the alleged missing occupant was found. Several apartments were damaged and deemed uninhabitable.
Residential Fires in New Jersey
Considering that about 80% of fire-related deaths in the United States take place in residential structures, it is clear that the prevention of residential fires is a huge public safety issue. The number one cause of deadly residential fires is the improper disposal of tobacco products while cooking appliances, such as stoves and grills, are the number one cause of burn injuries in residential fires.
Some of the other leading causes of New Jersey residential fires include:
- Defective appliances
- Worn or obsolete electrics
- Broken or incorrectly installed gas lines
- Obstructed chimney flues
- Faulty or broken furnaces or boilers
Smoke inhalation is the leading cause of death in residential fires, not burn injuries as one might expect. Those who survive, however, often endure a significant amount of both. These injuries are exceptionally painful and expensive to treat.
Most burn injuries fall under one of three categories:
- 1st-degree burns: 1st-degree burns affect only the top layer of skin (epidermis), such as you get from sunburn or accidentally touching a hot stove. These burns typically take a few days to heal.
- 2nd-degree burns: These burns reach the second layer of skin (dermis). More serious than a 1st-degree burn, it may require skin grafts and result in permanent scarring.
- 3rd-degree burns: Burns of this magnitude ravage the third layer (hypodermis), causing the loss of not just the skin but also the sweat glands, hair follicles, and the stratum basale where new skin cells are formed.
Our attorneys work diligently to ensure families have their legal rights protected so they can move forward after a serious burn injury. Contact the Toms River fire injury lawyers at Metro Law by calling (800) 469-6476 to see how we can help you.
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Disclaimer: As a member of the local community, we at Metro Law strive to improve the overall safety and quality of life for everyone who lives in our beloved state. We are extremely saddened by these accidents but hope that through an awareness of these dangers, those in our community will take precautions to avoid these accidents. This is not a solicitation for business, and this information should not be misconstrued as medical or legal advice. We wish only the best and quickest recovery to all those involved in the accident. The photos depicted in this post are not from the actual accident scene.