Man Dead, Four N.J. Firefighters Injured in Blaze

One Jersey City firefighter is in serious condition after he fell three stories from a ladder.


A multi-alarm fire burned two multi-family buildings in Jersey City Monday afternoon, killing one man and injuring four firefighters.

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Crews responded to the fire at a three-story building on Bramhall Avenue that quickly spread to an adjacent three-story building shortly after noon, according to WABC-TV.

Eighty-year-old Walter Highsmith, who lived on the first floor of one of the buildings, died in the fire.

Four firefighters were injured during the blaze, including one who fell three stories from a ladder.

The firefighter sustained broken bones and a collapsed lung and was transported to a local hospital where he is listed in serious but stable condition, Fire Chief Darren Rivers told the news station.

The three other firefighters suffered minor injuries.

Firefighters were able to get the blaze under control by 2:30 p.m.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.