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UPDATE: Firefighters Injured, Two Hospitalized In Pompton Lakes House Explosion

945 Ramapo Avenue, Pompton Lakes
945 Ramapo Avenue, Pompton Lakes Photo Credit: Pompton Lakes Mayor Michael Serra (FACEBOOK)

UPDATE: Two Pompton Lakes firefighters were hospitalized and three others treated at the scene of an overnight explosion that leveled a local home.

The two firefighters were treated at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston before being released, the department reported Saturday afternoon.

They and three colleagues were inside the Ramapo Avenue home when it blew shortly after 2 a.m., the department said.

The lone occupant of the home got out OK, said his niece, Amy Azcurra.

Azcurra, who launched a GoFundMe campaign for her 60-something uncle, Tom Garrett, said the house belonged to her grandmother, who died three weeks ago.

"My mom and uncles grew up in [that] home," wrote Azcurra, whose family lives "just a few houses down on Riverdale Road."

"My uncle was still living in the home but luckily got out before the explosion happened," she added. "Unfortunately my uncle has lost everything and we have lost all of our memories of my [g]rammy from this tragedy."

SEE: Home explosion expenses for Tom Garrett

Azcurra thanked all of the responders, as did the mayor.

“Every day our volunteer organizations put their life on the line for Pompton Lakes,” Serra wrote in a social media post. “We all appreciate it.”

EMS units converged on the scene from Oakland, Pompton Lakes, Ringwood, Wanaque, Wayne, and Tri-Boro Ambulance.

Mutual aid responders included firefighters from Bloomdale, Oakland, Ringwood, Riverdale, Wayne and West Milford.

An investigation into the cause of the fire was underway.

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