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Unidentified Man Found Dead in Hawthorne Fire 


By: Richard L. Smith 

Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Hawthorne Police Chief James W. Knepper announced a tragic discovery following a fire in Hawthorne.AdOn January 11, 2024, at around 9:03 p.m., the Hawthorne Police Department responded to a fire reported at the intersection of 4th Avenue and Lafayette Avenue.

Upon arrival, patrol units observed an active fire at the rear of a property located at 20 4th Avenue.

The Hawthorne Fire Department was able to successfully extinguish the blaze.

However, in the aftermath of the fire, responders found the body of an unidentified deceased man.

The incident has sparked an active and ongoing investigation, with details to be released as they become available.

The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office is reaching out to the public for any additional information regarding this incident.AdThey encourage anyone with knowledge to contact them through their tips line at 1-877-370-PCPO, via email at, or by contacting the Hawthorne Police Department directly at (973) 427-1800.