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UPDATE: Man killed in fatal fire in Hunterdon County ID’d

TEWKSBURY TOWNSHIP, NJ (Hunterdon County) – The Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office has identified the man killed in a Tewksbury Township fire Sunday morning.

Thomas A. Mahoney, 88, the resident of the unit that caught fire, died in the blaze, Acting Hunterdon County Prosecutor Michael J. Williams said.

On Aug. 16, at around 6:40 a.m., Tewksbury Township Police and firefighters were dispatched to the report of a fire at The Meadows at Oldwick, an independent living facility for those with disabilities, Williams said.

An investigation conducted by the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office’s Arson Task Force, the New Jersey State Fire Marshall, and Tewksbury Township Police Department revealed that a small fire took place in the kitchen of a unit located in the facility, Williams said.

The unit was occupied by Mahoney, who suffered serious burns and was pronounced deceased at the scene, Williams said.

The initial investigation revealed that the cause of the fire was accidental, Williams said.

No other units in the complex were affected by the fire and no other injuries were reported, Williams said.

“Our condolences go out to Mr. Mahoney’s family and friends during this difficult time. I would also like to thank the brave men and women of the Whitehouse Rescue Squad, Lebanon Fire Company, Oldwick Fire Company, East Whitehouse Fire Company, Fairmont Fire Company, EMS 1 Medic Unit, Quakertown Fire Company, RIC Team, High Bridge Fire Department, North Branch Fire Company, and Pottersville Fire Company for their bravery and dedication to the citizens of Hunterdon County,” Williams said.

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