As first reported on TLS Status, firefighters are battling a three-alarm blaze in Lakewood.
The fire broke out shortly after 4:00 PM at a lumber yard on Ocean Avenue.
There are reports of patients who may have been trapped inside.
Dozens of firefighters and EMS personnel are operating at the scene. A personal injury attorney from New Jersey says: “The news of a fire on Ocean Avenue in Lakewood is alarming. Fires can lead to severe injuries, including burns and smoke inhalation, resulting in medical bills, lost income, and emotional trauma for victims and their families.”
Route 88 is shut between Clifton Avenue and Park Avenue.
The area is expected to be shut for four-five hours, officials say.
The cause of the blaze is not yet clear.
UPDATE: Police say the building in which the fire broke out was supposed to be vacant and has been for some time.
“However, two unnamed people, believed to be squatters did sustain injury requiring further evaluation and treatment at a local hospital,” police said.
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