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Police rescue elderly disabled woman from burning home

January 22, 2019

RARITAN, N.J. (AP) — Three police officers rescued a disabled 75-year-old woman from a burning house in northwestern New Jersey.

Raritan Township officers Brett Szatkowski, Adam Swiatek and Robert Schenck forced their way into the home around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday and found the woman on a burning couch on the first floor. They carried the woman and passed her through a window to other emergency responders.

The woman was flown to a hospital, but her name and further details on her injuries and disability were not disclosed. Her 38-year-old son, who reported the fire, was treated at a hospital for smoke inhalation.

The officers were all treated on scene for smoke inhalation and returned to duty.

Firefighters battled the blaze for about two hours before bringing it under control. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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