Man who repaired house after Sandy sees it destroyed in fire

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HIGHLANDS, N.J. (AP) -- A New Jersey man who was previously left homeless by Superstorm Sandy has lost his home again due to a fire.

Highlands borough resident Tony Caizza says it took everything he had to repair his home after the 2012 storm, only for it to be destroyed in the Saturday afternoon fire. The Asbury Park Press reports friends and neighbors at the scene say they were making arraignments to put Caizza up in a hotel.

The 62-year-old Caizza says he was at his job at a local restaurant when he got the call about the fire, saying everything he owned was in that house.

Highlands Fire Chief Michael Armstrong says officials are investigating. Armstrong says Caizza's cats and girlfriend were inside at the time of the fire, but all managed to escape. News 12 New Jersey learned that two of the cats later died.

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