NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say massive clutter inside a central New Jersey home helped fuel a fire that left an elderly man dead and a firefighter injured.

The cause of Saturday morning’s fire in New Brunswick was not immediately known.

But New Brunswick Deputy Fire Chief Tom Bobkowski told The Star-Ledger of Newark that it took firefighters more than three hours to bring the blaze under control because various debris blocked doors and windows throughout the home.

Firefighters went to the home around 6 a.m., after a neighbor noticed smoke coming from the residence. The name of the man killed was not immediately disclosed, but neighbors said he had lived there for many years.

Bobkowski said one firefighter was treated for a knee injury.

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