1 dead, 5 injured in W. Caldwell fire

WEST CALDWELL - Fire officials say a man died and five others were injured in a fire in West Caldwell.

The fire broke out around 9 a.m. at a home located at 14 Crossbrook Lane.

Fire officials say the 58-year-old was found dead inside the home. Neighbors identified the man as William Shannon.

Neighbors and township employees who were working nearby saw the smoke and rushed in to the home to rescue Shannon's elderly mother who also lived there. She was pulled from the first floor of the burning two-story home.

The Good Samaritans set up a ladder in an effort to save Shannon who was at a second-floor window.

Both the 94-year-old woman and the man who rescued her were taken to St. Barnabas Medical Center, according to officials.

Authorities say two firefighters and a police officer also suffered minor injuries as a result of the blaze.

Investigators are working to determine what caused the fire.

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