A tragic incident occurred in Jersey City as a 50-year old man has passed away due to injuries sustained in a fire. According to Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez, the fire broke out in a residential building at 309 10th Street on Sunday, February 19 at 12:11 pm. The victim was rushed to the Jersey City Medical Center for treatment.
Despite the best efforts of medical professionals, the man succumbed to his injuries and passed away last night at 8:28 pm. The victim has been identified as Scot Rienecker of Jersey City.
Rienecker was later transferred to the Burn Unit at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, where he died of his injuries.
The Jersey City Fire Department responded quickly to the scene, and firefighters worked tirelessly to put out the flames and ensure the safety of those in the area. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation, and more information will be released as it becomes available.
A preliminary investigation by the Hudson County Regional Arson Task Force determined the fire does not appear suspicious at this time and the cause and origin remain under investigation. One dog also died in the fire.
The Hudson County Regional Arson Task Force is actively investigating this case with assistance from the Jersey City Fire Department. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Prosecutor’s Office at 201-915-1345 or to leave a tip at: http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/.
All information will be kept confidential.