🔥 The fire left burn marks around a garage at Superior Signal Company in Old Bridge

🔥 The Jonas Salk Middle School was put on lockdown due to its close proximity

🔥 One woman was killed and five other people were injured including 2 severely


 

OLD BRIDGE — One person was killed and several people were burned Wednesday following a fire and explosion at a company that makes smoke generators.

Old Bridge police Sgt. Herbert Doctors said a fire at the Superior Signal Company on West Greystone Road around 11:20 a.m. sent thick smoke into the air. Video shows burn marks around a garage.

The Jonas Salk Middle School across the street was put on lockdown due to its close proximity during the initial response by firefighters. Police students were safe and unaffected by the fire.

Workers told first responders that people were trapped inside and two medical helicopters were called to the scene.

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Map shows location of Superior Signal Company and the Jonas Salk Middle School in Old Bridge
Map shows location of Superior Signal Company and the Jonas Salk Middle School in Old Bridge (Canva)
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One killed, four injured

Old Bridge police told New Jersey 101.5 that a 73-year-old woman died. She was identified by Middlesex County Prosecutor Yvonne Ciccone as Eileen Marco of South River.

A 57-year-old woman and a 29-year-old man suffered severe burns and were transported to Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center via helicopter. Two other workers a 29-year-old man and 65-year-old woman, were hospitalized with minor burns.

A 62-year-old man was treated for smoke inhalation.

Foul play is not suspected but the fire remains under investigation by State Police, Old Bridge Police Department, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, and local, state, and county Fire Marshals.

Superior Signal has been in business for over 60 years manufacturing leak detectors and smoke generators, according to its website.

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