Passaic County officials announced that the individual who died in the June 2 fire in Paterson has been identified as Mr. Charles Bennett, 83, of Paterson.
According to officials, Mr. Bennett was found unresponsive in the basement of the two-family residence located at 276 17th Avenue in Paterson when police and fire officials responded to a second-alarm fire.
Officials say Bennett was pronounced deceased at the scene. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
No charges have been filed at this time; however, the investigation remains active and ongoing.
The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office asks anyone with additional information about this incident to contact us on our tips line at 1-877-370-PCPO or firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Paterson Police Department at (973) 321-1111.
For media inquiries concerning this case, contact Assistant Prosecutor Timot