Man Killed in Woodbridge (NJ) Fire Found in Basement After Family Escaped

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Jeff Goldman


The 21-year-old man killed in a Woodbridge house fire Wednesday morning was found dead in the basement of the home after firefighters and police rescued multiple other family members, authorities said.

Avenel firefighters and Woodbridge police got family out of the single-family house on South Inman Avenue after the fire broke shortly after 9 a.m, a township spokesman said.

The Red Cross of New Jersey said its volunteers were assisting a family of five with lodging and clothes.

The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Officer’s arson team and Woodbridge police are investigating the cause.

The victim’s identity was not released.

No police officers or firefighters were hurt.

Photos from the scene showed the front yard of the structure blocked off with emergency tape.

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call Woodbridge police Det. Jorge Quesada at 732- 634-7700 or Det, Kevin Schroeck of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at 732-745-4194. Avenel Fire Official Cory Spillar can be reached at 732-855-974.

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