Prosecutor: 72-year-old man dies in late night Secaucus apartment fire


A 72-year-old man died in a late night Secaucus apartment fire on Sunday and the matter remains under investigation, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced.

220 Meadow Lane in Secaucus. Photo via

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Yesterday at approximately 11:53 p.m., the Secaucus Police Department was notified of a fire at 220 Meadow Lane. The Secaucus Fire Department arrived on scene and found heavy fire and smoke within a second floor apartment unit, Suarez said in a statement.

During suppression efforts, firefighters located an injured man, later identified as John Meisenburg, 72, with serious injuries inside a third floor unit.

He was transported to Hudson Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 2:52 a.m. this morning.

A preliminary investigation by the Hudson County Regional Arson Task Force determined the fire originated in a second floor unit, with a third floor unit suffering heavy smoke damage.

The fire does not appear to be suspicious at this time and the cause remains under investigation.

This is the second fatal fire in the county this year, with a deadly blaze in Weehawken claiming the life of a 69-year-old man on New Year’s Day.

The Hudson County Regional Arson Task Force is actively investigating with assistance from the Secaucus Fire and Police Departments.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the HCPO at 201-915-1345 or to leave a tip at:

All information will be kept confidential.

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