St. Joseph

1 Dead, 1 Critically Injured in Paterson, New Jersey Fire: FD

A woman is dead and another is hospitalized with critical injuries after being found inside a burning building in Paterson, New Jersey Tuesday evening, authorities say.

Paterson firefighters were called to 99 Pearl St. at about 7 p.m., where a fire was burning on the second floor of an abandoned three-story building, officials said. 

They found two women trapped inside a fully engulfed room on the second floor, the fire department said. One of the victims was rescued and taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in critical condition with life-threatening injuries. 

Firefighters tried to rescue the second woman but were unable to get to her because of the intense flames. That woman was pronounced dead at the scene after the fire got under control. 

Officials believe the victims were trespassing in the empty house. They're investigating a cause. 

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