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ER Smoke Odor Inspires Point Boro, Brick, Others To Snuff Out 3-Hour Fire

Point Boro First Aid Squad members were dropping off a patient at the Ocean Medical Center emergency room in Brick Sunday when they detected the wrong kind of odor.

Smoke.

Thanks to their alertness, fire departments from Brick Township, Point Pleasant Boro and Point Pleasant Beach darted to the scene at 276 Nasto Terrace in Brick Township, rapidly made contact with one of the fire's victims and transported the person promptly to the hospital, according to emergency personnel.

The fire departments then fought the blaze for approximately three hours, according to Travis Popiel, captain of the Point Boro First Aid Squad.

One person was injured during this fire. Point Boro First Aid Squad transported the victim prior to any fire personnel arriving on location.

"Noticing they did not see any emergency services, they continued towards the smoke shortly after finding the structure on fire and, in turn, rapidly administered care to the patient, along with Brick PD officers, on location," Popiel said.

Multiple EMS agencies from Brick, Lakewood, and Point Boro were also requested to respond to conduct rehabilitation efforts, as well as treat any injuries related to the fire.

"I as the captain am immensely honored to know I have crew members like those who were on that ambulance who notice people potentially in need of assistance and selflessly acting on that without hesitation," Popiel said.
WMS826 March 17, 2014 at 04:12 PM
So more crappy Patch reporting. The fire was not in the Hospital at all. It was a house nearby.
Maureen Lockwood March 17, 2014 at 08:50 PM
The article doesn't state this fire took place at the hospital. It clearly states it took place on Nasto Terrece, clearly a residential neighborhood.
Nat Gas March 18, 2014 at 06:21 AM
Those Point Boro EMS workers are true Heros. They saved an 81 year old lady (with dementia) who had been parked in that house by her family to live alone. Thank goodness they took the time to investigate.
Nat Gas March 18, 2014 at 02:59 PM
That poor woman should have never been living alone. Where were her children??

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