Elderly Woman Dies In Jersey City House Fire

JERSEY CITY, NJ (CBSNewYork) — A fast-moving house fire has left an elderly New Jersey woman dead and seven firefighters injured.

Jersey City authorities say 81-year-old Elsa Ewida was found early Sunday in a hallway near the front door of her two-story home. She was taken to Jersey City Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead a short time later.

It’s not yet clear what sparked the fire, which broke out around 5 a.m., but investigators say there were lots of papers and other clutter inside the home that apparently helped fuel the blaze.

Details on the injuries sustained by the firefighters were not disclosed, but none were considered serious.

Authorities also briefly evacuated three nearby row houses that were slightly damaged by the fire, but no other injuries were reported

Do you know the area where this house fire took place? Sound off in our comments section below…

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  • kendra

    may that lady rip i am really sorry to hear about that elderly lady maybe id she didn,t HAve so much clutter she would be alive today don,t uno that you can,t fill your house up with all that paper and stuff cause god forbid if you have a house fire this is going to be the outcome of ricolous behavior and all and my condolences go out to this womans family and all id she had any that is.

  • dana

    I knew the lady that died in the blue house…I grew up in the house to the left and lived there until ’95 …what a shame
    151 was in my family for years.
    RIP Esla

  • mama

    I smelled the smoke thought it was either my house or nearby.It’s sad .

  • kendra

    i really hopw and pray that no 1 was injured and what to know how the fire started and what they could have done to prevent it from happeniNG And i also hope and pray that they find somewhere safe and sound for the duration of those periods of being without a home for that time.i pray and hope no1 got killed or anything cause that would have been an even worse outcome and all.

  • Guy who once saw Lyle Alzado at Newark Airport

    In more important news, just saw two seagulls fighting over a discarded frankfurter.

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