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Second Victim in Seaman Street Fatal Fire Identified

A second victim who died in a May 26 fire in a Seaman Street house has been identified as a homeless man. The other victim, who was previously identified, was also homeless. Credits: New Brunswick Fire Department/Facebook

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The second of two victims killed in a fatal fire on Seaman Street last May has been identified as another homeless man.

Two men died in the blaze at a home on 289 Seaman St. on May 26.

One victim was previously identified as Alexander Merino-Martinez, a 30-year-old homeless man. Investigators confirmed his identity within four days after the fire.

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However, it was not until today that police confirmed the identity of the second victim as Salvador Garcia Ramirez.

Authorities said Ramirez’s exact age was unknown. Police said Ramirez was also homeless.

The fire was reported about 9:50 p.m. on a Saturday night. Firefighters pulled both men out of the house, and the victims were taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital where each of them was pronounced dead.

Both Ramirez and Merino-Martinez were believed to be squatters who found a way to get inside the boarded-up, vacant house.

Authorities have not released the cause of the blaze or where in the house the fire started.

However, police say a preliminary investigation suggested the fire was accidental and not suspicious.

Police and the Fire Department are still investigating the blaze and ask that anybody with information call police Detective Ray Quick at (732) 745-5217 or city Fire Official Dominick Quagliata at (732) 745-5086.


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