Officials: 1 dead; 1 injured in Jersey City house fire

The police chief says one woman jumped from the second floor.

Lanette Espy and Joti Rekhi

Jul 10, 2023, 4:42 PM

Updated 340 days ago


One man died in a heavy three-alarm fire that ripped through a home Monday in Jersey City, according to officials.
Officials believe the fire on Stegman Avenue started on the first floor of the home and then spread up. The police chief says one woman jumped from the second floor. The injured woman remains in the hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening.
“The male was removed from the second floor by the firefighters in a lifeless condition. He was transported to the hospital, and he did not make it,” Jersey City Fire Chief Stephan Drennan said.
Flames erupted out of the front door and window of the home early Monday morning. Fire crews remained at the scene in the afternoon as the charred home continued to smoke.
Red Cross says it helped six people in two families with emergency assistance.
Sharol Jenkins, a relative of the homeowner, told News 12 New Jersey that this is the home of a 55-year-old and a 20-year-old.
“I live around the corner, so I just ran around here, and I just saw that the house was in flames,” Jenkins said.
Jenkins said she’s still at a loss for words after arriving to the home of her stepsister and stepbrother.
Cherell Gaskins is the neighbor who called 911. She recalled seeing first responders perform CPR on a male neighbor. She also said her other neighbor, a woman, came out of the house limping and had blood streaming down her face.
The cause of the fire is not yet known. The prosecutor’s office is investigating.

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