Authorities identify man killed during late night blaze in Middle Township

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Home in Rio Grande burned during the early hours of Feb. 28. Home in Rio Grande burned during the early hours of Feb. 28.

RIO GRANDE - A residential fire has apparently claimed the life of a Rio Grande man during the early hours of Feb. 28, according to a press release from the Cape May County Prosecutor's office.

Phillip Padilla, 51, was found inside a burning home at 2 a.m. First responders retrieved Padilla from his bedroom and transported him to the Cape Regional Medical Center where Padilla was later pronounced dead.

The cause of death is unknown, and an autopsy is scheduled.

According to the press release, the fire started in the kitchen as the result of "unattended cooking."


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