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One Dead, Four Injured in Jersey City Fire

Authorities say an elderly resident was killed and four firefighters were injured by a massive blaze that engulfed two apartment buildings in Jersey City.

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Fire Chief Darren Rivers says 80-year-old Walter Highsmith died in Monday’s fire. City Spokesman Stan Eason says Highsmith lived in a first floor apartment of one of the buildings.

Rivers says one firefighter fell three stories from a ladder and is hospitalized in serious but stable condition. Eason says the injured firefighter suffered broken bones and possibly a collapsed lung, while three other firefighters suffered minor injuries.

The four-alarm fire broke out shortly after noon in a three-story building on Bramhall Avenue and soon spread to an adjoining building. Each building has six apartments.

Chief Rivers says the cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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