MIDDLESEX — An elderly woman and her dog are safe after firefighters pushed through an initial barricade of smoke on the second floor of a home.

The Middlesex Police Department said police received a call about the fire at 7:40 on Sunday morning that the man's wife was trapped in a second floor bedroom. The Middlesex Fire Department was able to get through the smoke and save the woman, 74, who was taken to St. Barnabas in Livingston. She was listed in critical condition according to police, for treatment of smoke inhalation. The man was taken to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in Somerville for evaluation.

Police said the fire was brought under control in less than an hour and was extinguished at 8:15. In addition to the Middlesex Fire Department, assistance was provided by the Dunellen, Bound Brook, Piscataway, and Franklin Township Fire Departments.

As a result of the fire police said the home sustained "moderate damage," and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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