Elderly NJ Man Dies in House Fire

An elderly man died after flames tore through his longtime home overnight.

A firefighter was also hurt battling the blaze at a home along the 300 block of South Egg Harbor Road in Winslow Township.

According to local authorities, firefighters responded to the scene around 2 a.m. Friday.

Crews pulled Edward Liberto from the home but it was too late.

"Once we got on scene we got the report of entrapment, our guys were able to get in... the victim was removed and it has been confirmed that the victim is deceased," said Winslow Township Fire Chief Terry Osborne.

Liberto was in his 80s and family members said he lived in the area for his entire life.

A firefighter at the scene also reported chest pains from smoke inhalation and was hospitalized. Osborne said that firefighter is expected to be OK.

The cause of the single-home fire remained under investigation Friday morning.

In a sad twist, Liberto recently helped to bury his brother after that brother was struck and killed while crossing Route 73.

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