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Officer Hospitalized Following Daycare Fire

(photo courtesy Westfield Fire Department)

A Westfield Police officer was taken to the hospital Thursday evening after a fire at a home being used as a daycare facility.

Westfield Fire Department Chief Joe Lyons says firefighters were called shortly before 6:00 p.m. to the home in the 200 block of Jersey Street on a report of a fire in the kitchen.  The police officer was first to arrive and confirmed everyone had safely evacuated the home.

The officer used a garden hose to begin extinguishing the fire until firefighters arrived.  The fire was contained to the kitchen.  A child turned on the electric stove while a plastic tray from a high chair was laying on top of it.  That tray caught fire.

The officer was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation and was treated and released.  No other injuries were reported.

The daycare will be closed Friday for cleanup.

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