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    N.J. Firefighter Killed Searching at Apartment Fire

    N.J. Firefighter Killed Searching at Apartment Fire
    Funeral Information Below -- People Erroneously Reported to be Trapped

    Updated: 09-12-2006 11:25:26 AM


    UNION CITY, N.J. -- A firefighter died Saturday after he was overcome while searching a burning apartment building for people erroneously reported to be trapped.

    Fire struck the three-story apartment building and a neighboring commercial building just before 6 a.m., said Chief Brion McEldowney of North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue.

    Resident Nestor Mendoza, 18, who lived with eight family members in two second-floor apartments, said he was awakened by a fire alarm and he and the building superintendent opened the door to a vacant third-floor apartment, where they encountered dense smoke. He said he awakened his relatives and another family, and they all escaped.

    However, North Bergen firefighter Vincent Neglia, 45, heard erroneous reports that people were trapped and rushed to the second floor, where he was overcome, McEldowney said.

    Other firefighters found Neglia, and the 23-year veteran was pronounced dead at a hospital, he said.

    The fire was under investigation, but McEldowney said it did not appear to be suspicious.

    Funeral Information

    The wake will be held at Our Lady of Fatima Church on 81st Street and Kennedy Boulevard in North Bergen on Wednesday Sept. 13, from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A shuttle service will be provided from Hudson County Park, with entrances at 79th and 91st Streets off Bergenline Avenue.

    The funeral will be held on Thursday Sept. 14,2006 at Our Lady of Fatima Church at 11:00 a.m. We will assemble at the church at 9:30 a.m. with shuttle service available from the Hudson County Park. A repast will be held following the mass at Hudson County Park.

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    Neglia, Vincent R.

    Age: 45
    Cause of Death: Caught or Trapped
    Rank: Acting Captain
    Nature of Death: Burns
    Classification: Career
    Emergency Duty: Yes

    Incident Date: 09/09/2006
    Duty Type: On-Scene Fire
    Incident Time: 05:17
    Activity Type: Search and Rescue
    Death Date: 09/09/2006
    Fixed Prop. Use: Residential

    Fire Dept. Info:
    North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue Department
    11 Port Imperial Blvd.
    West New York , New Jersey 07093
    Chief: Brion McEldowney

    Initial Summary:
    Captain Neglia was searching for victims on the third floor of a three-story apartment building in Union City, NJ. A fire that had been burning in a ventilation shaft in the building suddenly broke through into the area where Neglia was, trapping him behind a wall of flames. Firefighters manning a hoseline on the third floor fought back the flames and reached Neglia, bringing him to the street where they tried to resuscitate him. He was transported to St. Mary's Hospital in Hoboken, NJ where he was pronounced dead.

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