Prosecutors ID man killed in senior community fire

September 9, 2012 2:30:56 PM PDT
Prosecutors have identified a man who died when a fast-moving fire destroyed his home in a southern New Jersey retirement community.

But the cause of the blaze at the Holiday City development in Berkeley Township remains under investigation.

Michael Paulhus, Ocean County's executive assistant prosecutor, says 70-year-old Joseph Lasko died from injuries he suffered in the blaze that began around 4 a.m. Saturday. It was brought under control about an hour later.

Lasko lived alone in the home, and neighbors reported hearing a loud noise just before the house was engulfed in flames.

One firefighter was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries, but no other community residents were injured in the fire.