Regional arson task force investigating fatal Jersey City fire

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The Hudson County Regional Arson Task Force is investigating a Jersey City fire that took the life of an 83-year-old man on Wednesday, Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced. 

By John Heinis/Hudson County View 

On Wednesday, December 5, 2018, at approximately 5:20 p.m., the Jersey City Fire Department received notification of a fire at 2465 John F. Kennedy Blvd, Suarez said in a statement.

Members of the Jersey City Fire Department and the Jersey City Police Department responded to that location. Upon arrival, members of the JCFD located and extinguished a fire in Apartment 2B, officials said.

While containing the fire, the first responders located a male with apparent injuries caused by the fire.

The victim, who was later identified as Jerome Miller, 83, of Jersey City, was pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 6:30 p.m., authorities said.

The Regional Medical Examiner’s Office has determined the cause of death to be smoke inhalation and thermal injuries and the manner of death to be accident.

An investigation is being conducted by the Hudson County Regional Arson Task Force and the fire is not considered suspicious at this time.

The preliminary investigation has determined that the fire began in
Apartment 2B. The investigation into the origin and cause of the fire is pending.

The Hudson County Regional Arson Task Force is actively investigating this case with assistance from the Jersey City Fire Department.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Prosecutor’s Office at
201-915-1345 or to leave a tip at: http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/.

All information will be kept confidential.