NJ Homeowner Charged in Fire That Killed 4

Prosecutors say she neglected to make necessary electrical repairs

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012  |  Updated 8:56 PM EDT
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NJ Homeowner Charged in Fire That Killed 4

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A homeowner in Paterson, N.J. was charged with four counts of manslaughter Tuesday for failing to make repairs to a home, causing a fire that killed four people, prosecutors say.

Florence Brown, 62, neglected to make electrical repairs to a multi-family building at 465 E. 31st St. in Paterson, resulting in a fire June 30, 2010, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes charged.

The fire broke out at about 4 a.m. in the basement of the three-story house, said Valdes. Nine people were living in the house at the time; four died in the fire.

The cause of the fire was determined to be an electrical overload due to faulty wiring.

Attorney information for Brown was not immediately available.

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