NEW YORK (CBS 2) — Fire officials said an elderly man died from burns sustained in a Staten Island house fire.

Staten Island Fire (credit: CBS 2)

Investigators said 68-year-old Joseph Abdo was killed by the early-morning fire in Emerson Hill. The fire reportedly began inside his custom-designed room.

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“In the rear of the building where the main body of the fire was we found a male, 68-years-old, who succumbed to his burn injuries,” said Deputy Chief William Tanzosh of the FDNY.

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Published reports said Abdo lived with multiple sclerosis, and that his 64-year-old wife Margaret jumped to safety from the second floor of the house.

She was hospitalized for burns and smoke inhalation.

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There was no word on what sparked the Saturday fire.