House fire kills man in Roselle, NJ

January 15, 2012 1:51:40 PM PST
Authorities say a man found inside a burning northern New Jersey home apparently died from smoke inhalation.

Fire fighters responded to reports of a burning home in Roselle before dawn.

Rescue crews found a man collapsed in the kitchen. He died a short time later.

Fire officials said that Albert Stapperfenne - believed to be in his early 60s - was the only person inside the single-family home when firefighters arrived around 5:20 a.m. Sunday.

The three-alarm fire apparently started in the living room on the home's first floor.

The blaze then spread up the stairs to the attic, causing significant damage to the home before it was contained around 6 a.m.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, though authorities say it does not appear to be suspicious.

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