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Man Dies, Daughter Hurt as Flames Tear Through New Jersey Home

Bob Cominsky was remembered for his generosity to neighbors along Amboy Avenue in Florence Township

What to Know

  • Bob Cominsky, who neighbors and family say used a wheelchair, died in a Burlington County fire. His daughter was injured.
  • The fire on Amboy Avenue in Florence Township took about two hours to bring under control.
  • The cause of the deadly blaze remained under investigation.

Authorities are trying to determine what sparked an early morning fire that left a father, who was disabled, dead in his New Jersey home.

The blaze started just after 2 a.m. Tuesday in the home on Amboy Avenue in Florence Township, Burlington County. It took firefighters about two hours to get the fire under control.

A neighbor and family members identified the man as Bob Cominsky and said he used a wheelchair. He lived in the home for about 15 years, they said.

The man's adult daughter was taken to a hospital for treatment for smoke inhalation.

Cominsky's ex-wife, Charlotte Cominsky, said her daughter recently moved in to help care for the man, who has been a double amputee since the 1990s.

He had lived in the home for about 15 years. Neighbors said he often let people play in his yard and was involved with a local church.

A third family member, living in a unit attached to the home, escaped without injury, police said.

CORRECTION (Dec. 3, 2019, 5:10 p.m. ET): This story has been updated to reflect that Bob Cominsky was an amputee.

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