Officer rescues elderly man from burning home in Edison

EDISON - A police officer raced into a burning Edison home at 131 Washington Ave. this morning and rescued an elderly man from the flames.

The man, described as in his 90s, was rescued as the Highland Park Fire Department arrived at the Washington Avenue home. He was taken to Saint Barnabas hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. The man was unconscious when taken to the hospital.

Fire officials say they believe the fire started in a bedroom, but are still investigating an exact cause. Edison Deputy Fire Chief Brian Lathan tells News 12 New Jersey that there were a lot of space heaters in the home.

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