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A 54-year-old Union Beach firefighter died yesterday while battling a blaze at a commercial building in the borough, according to a spokesman for the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.
Four other firefighters were taken to the hospital as a precaution. No other injuries were reported, Charles Webster, the spokesman, said.
The spokesman did not release the identity of the firefighter pending notification of the family. However, a sign outside Union Hose Fire Co. #1 said “Ultimate Sacrifice, Bob Meyer, June 8 2014.”
One firefighter died and another was injured battling a fire in New Jersey Sunday night, according to a source with the fire department.
The fire engulfed a commercial structure on Union and Central avenues in Union Beach at around 7 p.m., officials said.
A firefighter was killed in the line of duty in a multiple-alarm blaze in Union Beach, New Jersey on Sunday afternoon, according to the Asbury Park Fire Department.
The fire started in a commercial building on 615 Union Avenue that houses Hydrair, Inc.
Fire departments from Union Beach, Keansburg, Keyport and other neighboring towns responded to the scene to help battle the blaze.
Heavy black smoke could be seen from miles away.
Initial reports are that the firefighter, in his mid 50’s, may have suffered a health-related issue at the scene of the fire.