Roommate, neighbors mourn 62-year-old man who died in Jersey City fire

The longtime friend and roommate of a 62-year-old Jersey City man who died in a fire this afternoon is struggling to find answers.

“Im trying to figure out why this happened like this,” John Holman told The Jersey Journal. “If he were here, only he could speak. But hes not here. … Thats the worst part. … It hurts.”

According to city spokeswoman Kim Wallace-Scalcione, firefighters responded to 23 Bostwick Ave. at 12:20 p.m. and found the fire contained to the basement of the two-level house.

After the fire was out, the victim was found in the basement, where the fire appears to have started, Wallace-Scalcione said in a statement.

Holman said he and Johnson lived in the basement and all of the damage is in the basement furnace room, which contains the heating system and pipes.

Before the fire, Johnson had been outside his house with friends and neighbors on the block, making trips in and out of the house. The last time Johnson went in, he didnt come out, a next-door neighbor said. 

The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Hudson County Prosecutors Office, Wallace-Scalcione said, adding that it does not appear suspicious.

Hudson County authorities are on the scene investigating a fire that caused fatal injuries to one person this afternoon in Jersey City.

According to preliminary reports, police were called to the 20s block of Bostwick Avenue after receiving reports of a fire inside a two-story wood framed house shortly before 12:30 p.m.

Units arrived at the scene and found fire coming from the basement of the house according to reports.

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