New Jersey man killed while lighting fire in fire pit

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HILLSIDE, NJ – Police in Hillside have reported the death of a 56-year-old Union County man who died after suffering severe burns while lighting a fire in his fire pit. Police officers arrived at 4 pm on Monday at a home and the man had suffered burns on 75 percent of his body. It is suspected that the man used an accelerant to start the fire which created a fireball that caused the injuries.

Hillside Police Det. Natalie Ogonowski said the man was pronounced dead from a possible explosion that occurred when he tried to light the fire.


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