SECAUCUS, New Jersey (PIX11) — A 72-year-old man died when a fire broke out at an apartment complex in New Jersey late Sunday night, officials said Monday.

Authorities found John Meisenburg critically injured in a third-floor unit after responding to the blaze at Meadow Lane in Secaucus just before midnight, officials said. The victim was taken to the hospital and succumbed to his injuries about three hours later.

Michelle Wrede, who has lived at the Meadowlands Village Apartments for decades, said she had a clear view of firefighters working to put out the flames. She knew right away whose apartment it was.

“It’s a shame that we lost a tenant. Nice man. John, he was here about 25 years,” Wrede said. “Just a quiet guy. He retired a couple years ago. Basically just kept to himself.”

The fire and heavy smoke started in the second-floor apartment before it spread, prosecutors said. The fire did not appear to be suspicious but the investigation remained ongoing, officials said.

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