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UPDATE: Authorities ID Couple Killed In Bayonne Fire, 32 Residents Displaced

An elderly couple perished in a Bayonne apartment building blaze Friday morning.
An elderly couple perished in a Bayonne apartment building blaze Friday morning. Photo Credit: Bayonne OEM

Authorities have identified the two victims of Friday morning's Bayonne apartment building fire.

Balbina Macchio, 75, and John Macchio, 65, were found lifeless in Unit 236 of the Islandview Court blaze just before 2 a.m., the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office said.

They were transported to Bayonne Medical Center, where they were pronounced dead, the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office said.

All 12 units in the building were affected by the fire and a total of 32 occupants have been displaced — 28 adults and four children.

Firefighters responding to the early-morning blaze saw heavy flames shooting out of the window from a third floor apartment, extending up to the attic, original reports said.

A preliminary investigation by the Hudson County Regional Arson Task Force and Bayonne Fire Department found the fire started in the kitchen of the same unit.

The cause of the fire continues to be under investigation.

The fire is being investigated by the county’s Regional Arson Task Force and Bayonne Fire Department.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office at 201-915-1345 or leave an anonymous tip on the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office website at http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/. All information will be kept confidential.

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