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Deadly Fire Rips Through Abandoned Home In Orange

Fire at East Orange, NJ home Feb. 17, 2013 (credit: CBS 2)

Fire at East Orange, NJ home Feb. 17, 2013 (credit: CBS 2)

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ORANGE, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – At least three people were killed after a fire broke out inside an abandoned home in Orange early Sunday morning, police said.

The three were believed to be squatters, CBS 2′s Alice Gainer reported. There are bars on the windows and the men were unable to get out of the home, according to police.

Authorities said the flames, which broke out around 1 a.m., were simply too intense.

One person was rescued from inside the home on Reock Street, an area where there are a lot of abandoned buildings.

A man named Manny who knew the three victims said they had been squatting in the area all winter.

“I feel bad because I just saw them last night,” Manny told Gainer.

“They used to sleep there because they didn’t have no place to go, they don’t have no place to sleep and everything. So they used to sleep on the third floor,” Manny added.

The men didn’t have any jobs or any known family in the area, Manny told 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria. He added that the victims had drinking problems, D’Auria reported.

The victims may have been using candles to stay warm, police said.

According to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, the home did not have any running water or electricity.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The men may have been using candles to stay warm, police said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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