NEWARK, N.J. — Officials say a firefighter who became disoriented while fighting a blaze at a tire shop in Newark remains hospitalized in critical condition.
City Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose says 38-year-old Paul Leber was among several firefighters who battled the blaze, which broke out shortly after 9 p.m. Saturday.
Leber, a 10-year veteran, was inside the tire shop with other firefighters when conditions there began to worsen. They were ordered out of the building, but Leber became disoriented as the group was leaving and had to be rescued by his colleagues.
Leber remained hospitalized Sunday in critical condition. Further details on his injuries have not been disclosed.
The cause of the tire shop fire remains under investigation. It was brought under control in about two hours.