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Man killed, firefighters injured in Jersey City

November 5, 2012 12:44:14 PM PST
A multi-alarm fire at a pair of apartment buildings in New Jersey early Monday afternoon killed one man and injured four firefighters.

The fire broke out just after noon at a building on Bramhall Avenue just off of Bergen Avenue in Jersey City and quickly spread to the adjacent building.

Both three-story apartment buildings were fully involved, and thick, black smoke could be seen all the way from Staten Island.

Fire Chief Darren Rivers says 80-year-old Walter Highsmith died in Monday's fire. City Spokesman Stan Eason says Highsmith lived in a first floor apartment of one of the buildings.

Four firefighters also suffered injuries. One of them suffered broken bones and collapsed lung after falling 3 stories from a ladder. Rivers says he is hospitalized in serious but stable condition. The three other firefighters suffered minor injuries.

The fire was brought under control around 2:30 p.m.

The cause is under investigation.

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