Fire tears through New Jersey rowhouse, killing 1 woman; 3 others escape blaze

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: July 10, 2014 - 11:15 PM

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Authorities say one woman is dead in a rowhouse fire in New Jersey. Jersey City police and fire department spokesman Bob McHugh says the blaze broke out in the home's basement at around 10 p.m. Thursday. Three others in the single-family home were able to escape the flames. McHugh says the 32-year-old woman was found by firefighters on the top floor of the two-story home.

Officials believe the fire was electrical and appears to have started in a cluttered area of the basement. Investigators are on the scene. The only other injury was a firefighter who twisted his ankle fighting the flames.

An eyewitness tells NJ.com (http://bit.ly/1qPsxWC ) that flames were shooting out of the home when firefighters arrived. A neighbor describes the victim as a "great little lady."

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