SPARTA, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Officials in New Jersey used dental records to identify the man who was killed in a fast-moving fire over the weekend.
Sparta police told The Star-Ledger the remains of Robert Womack, 67, were identified Tuesday morning by the Morris County Medical Examiner.
Police said Womack lived alone in his two-story home, where the fire broke out early Saturday.
Sparta Fire Lt. Anthony Riehl suffered burns on his shoulder and back while searching the home for other possible victims.
The 37-year-old was treated for second-degree burns at St. Barnabas Hospital’s Burn Unit in Livingston, N.J.
Authorities said Womack’s home was completely destroyed, while a neighboring residence sustained significant damage due to the fire’s intense heat.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation by state police and the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office.
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