NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A man was killed in a fire that broke out at a senior center in Newark, New Jersey Saturday afternoon, officials tell CBS2.

The Essex County Prosecutors Office says calls came in for a fire in an apartment unit at St. Mary’s Villa on Stanford Avenue around 1:40 p.m.

Once inside the unit, firefighters say they encountered flames in the living room and 72-year-old William Fulmore in cardiac arrest. First responders performed CPR, but were unable to save his life.

It took fire crews only 15 minutes to extinguish the blaze, something officials attribute to the center’s proximity to the nearby firehouse as well as the center’s concrete structure.

No other injuries were reported.

Officials remained on scene throughout the day probing the cause of the fire.


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