Man Dead In Ridgefield Park, NJ House Fire

RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A man is dead after a fire ripped through a home in Ridgefield Park, New Jersey.

The blaze broke out early Wednesday morning at a house on Brinkerhoff Street.

The Ridgefield Fire Department says when they arrived on the scene, the house was engulfed in flames and someone was trapped inside.

“Tried to make entry inside the building, it was just unfortunate, too much heavy volume of fire and too much high heat pushed us out,” Ridgefield Fire Department Assistant Chief John Antola said. “Hit it from the outside and tried to go back in.”

When crews finally got the fire under control, they found the remains of a man, identified as 73-year-old Luis Ocha-Sanchez, inside a bedroom. One firefighter was also hurt after slipping on ice.

Authorities said the cause of the fire was accidental.

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