Trenton Firefighters Try to Save Man in Abandoned House Fire

A man apparently living in a vacant Trenton home died early Monday when flames ripped through the dwelling.
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Trenton firefighters found man just inside doorway

Kevin Shea, nj.com

(MCT)

A man apparently living in a vacant Trenton home died early Monday when flames ripped through the dwelling and spread to two attached homes.

Trenton firefighters found the man just inside the plywood front door of the home at about 3 a.m. Efforts to save him were unsuccessful, a city fire department spokesman said.

The man’s identity was not immediately made public.

The three attached homes on North Clinton Avenue near Poplar Street in the city’s East Trenton neighborhood were all vacant and had no utilities, the spokesman said. The fire department later learned that the police department found footage from a security camera showing a male enter the structure a few hours before by slipping past the plywood door.

The footage around the time of the fire does not show him escaping.

Firefighters found personal belongings in the home and suspect the man was living there, the spokesman said.

This fire is under investigation, but such blazes often result from people starting fires or using devices to stay warm.

Flames from Monday morning’s fire shot through the roof of the structure before a full first alarm of firefighters brought it under control, the department said.

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Kevin Shea may be reached at kshea@njadvancemedia.com.

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