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Deadly house fire in NJ

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NEW JERSEY (MYFOXNY.COM) -

One person is dead after a fast moving house fire in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

The flames broke out inside a garage on Mellon Place and quickly spread to an attached house and another behind the garage, according to fire officials.

A woman trapped in the house behind the garage was killed. A teenage girl who was also trapped on the second floor suffered serious injuries and was rushed to Saint Barnabas Hospital.

Fire officials say their rescue efforts were hampered by metal bars on the second floor windows. Firefighters had to remove the bars before they could reach the victims.

The flames broke out at about 2:45 a.m. on Wednesday and the fire response went to four alarms.

Two police officers and five firefighters were injured.

The fire was under control several hours later.  It is unclear what sparked the flames.

 

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