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Three family members, including mother and 18-month-old child, suffer serious burns in New Jersey condo blaze


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Three family members, including a mother and her 18-month-old child, suffered serious burns early Friday when a devastating two-alarm fire tore through their New Jersey condominium complex, authorities said.

The blaze began at 12:49 a.m. in the High Point Condominiums in Lakewood, where firefighters working in the darkness brought the raging flames under control after about 90 minutes, officials said.

Eight of the units in the 16-apartment building were left uninhabitable by the fire, with residences on both floors of the two-story building charred and damaged.

“There was heavy smoke and fire when we arrived at the scene,” said Lakewood Assistant Fire Chief Jason Wallace. “The flames were already through the roof, and the building was fully involved.”

More than 100 firefighters from Lakewood and its neighboring towns responded to the overnight blaze, which apparently started in an upstairs apartment. Five police officers suffered smoke inhalation while trying to evacuate residents, Wallace said, and no firefighters were injured.

The mother and child, along with their relative, were airlifted from Lakewood to the St. Barnabas Medical Center’s burn unit in Livingston. The hospital had no details on the conditions of any of the burn victims. Around three dozen residents received temporary aid from the Red Cross.

Wallace said firefighters were on the scene until about 5:30 a.m. putting out hot spots and securing the heavily-damaged building.

The cause of the inferno remained under investigation Friday morning.