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Teen boy killed in house fire; 2 other people safely escape

July 23, 2019

NEPTUNE, N.J. (AP) — A teenage boy has died after a fast-moving fire raced through his family’s central New Jersey home.

Monmouth County prosecutors say the fire in Neptune broke out late Tuesday. The home had no power at the time because severe storms had knocked out electrical service in the area.

Firefighters quickly arrived on scene and tried to rescue the 17-year-old boy, but heavy flames prevented the rescue. His body was found after the blaze had been extinguished.

The teen’s name has not been released.

Two other people in the home were able to safely escape. A firefighter was treated for an undisclosed minor injury.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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