Firefighter Hurt Battling Townhouse Fire

A firefighter suffered a head injury battling a multi-alarm townhouse fire in Mercer County, N.J. early this morning that left a woman homeless.

The fire call came in around 1:40 a.m. at the Twin Rivers development on the 400 block of Madison Drive in East Windsor, according to county dispatchers.

The fire began on a second-floor of an end unit, reported NBC10’s Jesse Gary.

A woman smelled the smoke and was able to get out of her home but a firefighter needed stitches to close a head wound, firefighters on the scene told Gary.

The firefighter, a member of the Robbinsville Fire Company, got hit in the head by a hose and was hospitalized, according to East Windsor Township Police.

It took more than an hour to get the fire under control partly because of the location of the home and the amount of hose needed.

"The location of the house, water supply, the hydrants weren't anywhere near it, we had to stretch some extension lines... to keep the hand lines going," said East Windsor Fire Department Chief Barry Rashkin.

The flames were contained to the one unit, which was entirely destroyed, according to police.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

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