‘My brother died in the fire’: 2 confirmed dead after fire tears through home

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Authorities out of Middlesex County have confirmed two people were found dead after a fire tore through a home in Jamesburg.

The fire began around 3:45 a.m. inside the home at 7 Sheridan St.

 

Firefighters from multiple units were brought to the single-family home to battle the blaze, which caused extensive damage.

While their identities have not been confirmed, Lawanda Kitchen received word her brother, Clifford Kitchen, 53, lost his life in the home she owns and that he was living in.

"So that's all I know right now is my brother died in the fire," says Lawanda.

Fire video provided to News 12 by a neighbor says he and his family were woken by the heat from the flames.

"They wake me up around 3 o'clock in the morning," says Ibrahim Abedrabo. "My daughter came to my room and she said get out from the house, our neighbor's house is on fire. I looked from the window and the flames were like 50 feet in the air."

Lawanda was initially concerned her nephew, Clifford's 21-year-old son, Jaree, was the second victim, but she learned he was out when the fire began.

There is still no official word on who the second victim is. No firefighters or police officers were injured.

The cause of the deaths remains undetermined pending the completion of autopsies.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sgt. Jason Muller, of the Jamesburg Police Department, at (732) 521-0011, or Detective Deon McCall, of the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office, at (732) 745-3848.

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