72-year-old man killed in fire at Newark senior housing complex

NEWARK, N.J. — One man was killed after a fire erupted inside a senior citizen residential building in Newark on Saturday, the Essex County Prosecutor's Office said.

Pronounced dead on the scene at 1:53 p.m., the victim has been identified as 72-year-old William Fulmore the prosecutor's office said Saturday night.

Fulmore was a resident in the building and was found by Newark firefighters in his apartment, authorities confirmed.

Officials said the fire was contained to one apartment and broke out just after 1 p.m. at St. Mary's Villa, located at 425 Sanford Ave., right across the street from a firehouse.

On the scene, Newark Fire Department Chief Rufus Jackson told media  "[Firefighters] went into the building – into the apartment – found a male adult with fire damage, severe fire damage. [He] appeared to be in cardiac arrest. Members gave the gentleman CPR and quickly began to attack the fire."

Residents said they didn't hear smoke alarms but could smell he smoke as it engulfed the fourth floor hallway.

"I could smell the smoke coming from downstairs," a witness who was at the building visiting his grandmother told PIX. "As I was smelling it, I was basically rushing her to come downstairs."

The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Prosecutor's Crime Scene Investigation Bureau.

The investigation is active and ongoing officials said Saturday night.

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