Authorities probing Jersey City fire at senior apt. building that killed 80-year-old man


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 Friday evening.

92 Danforth Ave. in Jersey City. Photo via Google Maps.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Yesterday, just after 8:30 p.m., the Jersey City Fire Department responded to an alarm activation for a three-alarm fire at 92 Danforth Ave., a senior apartment building, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said in a statement.

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.

Firefighters 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 and both the cause and manner of death is pending with the Regional Medical Examiner.

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