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3 Injured In Gloucester County House Fire

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By Robin Rieger

MANTUA, N.J. (CBS) – Three people, including two firefighters, were injured in a house fire in Gloucester County Tuesday morning.

A fast moving fire in a trailer home at 68 Monroe Avenue in Mantua sent the occupant of the home, 40-year-old Michelle Ledrich and the two firefighters who rescued her to Crozier Chester Medical Center.

Authorities say the fire started at about 10 a.m.

Fire chief Brian Hauss, who is also a Mantua police officer, and firefighter Michael Craft went into the burning home to rescue ledrich, who called 911, according to Gloucester County Prosecutor Sean Dalton.

He says the fire investigation continues, but so far it appears to be accidental. Police Chief Rodney Sawyer also assisted at the scene and was treated for smoke inhalation. Ledrich is in critical, but stable condition.

“I’m so upset, she was nice to everyone”, said Ginger Gross who identified herself as a friend of Ledrich.

Dalton says Hauss has burns on his hands, back and part if his head.

Dalton also said investigators from his office were called to the scene by Mantua police. The investigation into the cause continues.

He says the first responders are heroes for risking their lives to save Ledrich.

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