JACKSON, NJ – An adult male suffered critical burns and was rushed to Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus in Lakewood before being transported to the Cooperman St. Barnabas Burn Unit in Livingston for treatment Saturday shortly after midnight.
Firefighters from Jackson Mills Station 54 and Jackson Station 55 responded to a fire at 1400 Dahlia Court in Sixty Acres at around 1 am to find a male outside the townhome with severe upper body burns.
The Jackson Police Department said that upon the arrival of officers, they encountered a male subject outside of the residence with severe burns to his upper body.
“Jackson First Aid was immediately summoned to render aid to the victim,” the department said. “The victim was able to tell them that the fire was in the upstairs bathroom of the unit and that there was nobody else inside the residence.”
Responding officers clear adjacent units after confirming fire and heavy smoke coming from the second floor of the unit.
The fire was contained to the upstairs bathroom and master bedroom and does not appear to have damaged any of the adjoining units, police said.
A preliminary investigation by the Ocean County Fire Marshals service revealed that the fire appears to have been accidental and does not appear to be suspicious in nature, however, the exact cause is still being investigated.
The victim is listed in critical but stable condition.