House fire in Clifton, New Jersey kills 3 people, injures a police officer and 3 firefighters


CLIFTON – A house fire has killed three people aged 65 and over and injured four first responders at the scene.

Clifton police and firefighters responded to the fire at the Ladwik Lane multi-family home around 7:30 p.m. Friday night, according to the Passaic County District Attorney’s Office.

A man and two women, all residents of Clifton, were killed in the fire. Officials identified the victims as Steven Warga, 65, Elaine Warga, 71, and Helen Popovich, 95. Authorities said a fourth person was taken to St. Joseph’s University Medical Center and is expected to survive.

The scene of a house fire in Clifton on November 18, 2022 which killed 3 people. (CBS 2 New York)

The scene of a house fire in Clifton on November 18, 2022 which killed 3 people. (CBS 2 New York)

Clifton Police also said three firefighters and a police officer were hospitalized with injuries from the blaze. They recover.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families,” police said in a social media statement.

The cause of the fire is being investigated by the district attorney’s office and the Clifton Police and Fire Department.

Rick Rickman is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]

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