PLEASANTVILLE — Firefighters rescued a severely injured man from a burning townhouse early Monday, officials said.
City police and firefighters responded to the blaze in the 1500 block of Sixth Avenue about 6 a.m. One of the two occupants of the three-story townhouse had already escaped, Pleasantville Fire Capt. Scott Trythall said.
The other was rescued from the first floor in the rear of the burning unit. He suffered severe internal injuries and was transported to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus, for treatment and transferred to Crozer-Chester Burn Center in Pennsylvania, police said.
The flames tore through all three floors and the roof of the townhouse and damaged an attached garage behind the building, Trythall said. The fire also caused minor smoke and water damage to a neighboring home, he said.
The blaze was extinguished by 6:50 a.m., leaving the residence uninhabitable. The American Red Cross was notified to help the two occupants, Trythall said.
Pleasantville fire and police, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office and the State Fire Marshal’s Office are investigating the fire.
It was the third fire in Pleasantville in less than a week. On Wednesday, a house fire broke out, damaging the bedroom of a home on Ingersoll Avenue. On Friday, fire damaged a vacant apartment on Sassafras Run.
On Monday, neighbors watched as dozens of firefighters battled the blaze, while some attempted to move their cars or get their children to school.
Neighbor Abel Aguilera, 42, was woken up by an odor.
“I smelled fire, looked through the window and saw a big flame, took the family and ran out,” he said.
The Farmington, Atlantic City International Airport and Absecon fire departments all responded to the blaze. Northfield firefighters covered Pleasantville’s station while firefighters were on the scene.