On April 30, at approximately 3:19 p.m., Engine Company 14 of the Jersey City Fire Department received a report of a fire in a nearby building.
According to the city, a captain looked out the door and saw flames terminating from 604 Palisade Ave.
He immediately reported to his crew on the in-house speaker to respond and advised Fire dispatch via radio of the fire in progress.
Engine 14 arrived on the scene to find heavy fire on the first floor of a two-story residential building which was attached on both sides to residential buildings with multiple units.
As Engine 14 was forcing entry to the door of the apartment where the fire was, a second door to the apartment opened and they saw the silhouette of a person.
The victim was enveloped in gas and smoke, with the fire behind her as she fled, suffering from disorientation and burns.
She was found to be handicapped and was very weak and unable to move on her own.
Captain Justin Savino ordered Firefighter Dennis Galvin to enter the structure, without the protection of a charged hose line, and Galvin picked up and carried the woman to safety.
As Galvin removed the woman, Captain Savino and Firefighter Mike O’Orielly continued to charge the hose line and advanced the line to extinguish the fire.
The woman was transported to Christ Hospital by JCMCEMS for hand and facial burns as well as suspected respiratory burns.
She is currently being treated for her injuries.