Fire in Lakewood leaves 1 dead, 8 others displaced

New Jersey news from Eyewitness News

December 1, 2012 11:23:57 AM PST
Prosecutors say one man was killed and eight other people were displaced when a fast-moving fire roared through a southern New Jersey home.

But investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the blaze that destroyed the two-story home in Lakewood early Saturday.

Prosecutors tell the Asbury Park Press ( that the person killed, identified only as a 41-year-old man, was found inside the home. But his cause of death has not yet been determined.

Authorities say the eight displaced residents - four children, ranging in age from 6 to 13, and four adults - were temporarily staying with friends.

Roughly 55 firefighters battled the blaze, which was reported around 12:45 a.m. It was brought under control about 90 minutes later.

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