Firefighter injured while battling tire shop blaze in stable condition

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Officials say that a firefighter who became disoriented while fighting a blaze at a tire shop in Newark remains hospitalized in stable 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.

Further details on Leber’s injuries have not been disclosed.

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, Fire Chief Rufus Jackson and Director Ambrose visited Leber at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx Monday morning.

“Though sedated, Firefighter Leber gave a positive sign to his visitors with a hearty thumbs up,” a spokesperson for the city said in a statement.

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.

The cause of the tire shop fire remains under investigation. It was brought under control in about two hours.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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