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80-Year-Old Man Killed In Fire At Apartment Building For Seniors In Jersey City

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) -- An 80-year-old man died after he was seriously hurt in a fire in Jersey City, the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office said Saturday.

It happened on Danforth Avenue just after 8:30 p.m. Friday at a high-rise apartment building for seniors.

Dozens of firefighters responded to the scene. Officials said to took about 50 minutes to get the fire under control.

Jersey City Fire Chief Steven McGill said the firefighters faced tough conditions.

"The fire was on the second floor in one single apartment... appeared to be some hoarding conditions in the apartment, so it was difficult to get into the apartment and search and find the fire," McGill said.

According to Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez, firefighters found the victim badly burned on a mattress in the living area of an apartment where there was a small fire.

The victim later died at the hospital. No one else was hurt.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Hudson County Regional Arson Task Force and Jersey City Fire Department.


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