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Senior Man Killed in Jersey City Building Fire

By rlsmetro on

The Hudson County Regional Arson Task Force and the Jersey City Fire Department are investigating a three-alarm fire that killed an 80-year-old man in Jersey City on Friday evening.

According to a statement released by Jersey City officials, on Friday, just after 8:30 p.m., the Jersey City Fire Department responded to an alarm activation for a three-alarm fire at 92 Danforth Avenue, a senior apartment building.

Officials said upon arrival, firefighters encountered a working fire that was confined to an apartment located on the second floor.

The Jersey City Fire Department forced entry into the unit and was met with a heavy smoke condition.

Officials say crews located a small fire located in the living area of the apartment where a mattress was located close to the floor.

An 80-year-old man who resided in the apartment was pulled from the mattress with serious burns on his body and was transported to the Jersey City Medical Center where he later succumbed to his injuries.

The fire was reported under control at 9:18 p.m.

The origin and cause of the fire remain under investigation.

The cause and manner of death are pending with the Regional Medical Examiner.