1 killed in fire at senior apartment complex in Trenton

TRENTON, N.J. (AP/WTXF) -- Authorities say one person has been killed in a fire in a senior housing complex in New Jersey's capital city.

"They just said we couldn't come back in the building until it was all clear," said a resident.

SkyFOX was over the Luther Arms Building on South Broad Street in downtown Trenton where firefighters were called to put out a fire. It happened in a 6th floor apartment. A woman who lived there died.

"It is horrible. I know she didn't get around that well anymore. She was in a wheelchair," said Margie Rondinelli who says she knew the woman who may have been smoking when she fell asleep, according to published reports.

Investigators say she dropped a cigarette an apparently set her clothes on fire. It happened after 4 o'clock Thursday afternoon forcing Michelle Parker and others to evacuate for nearly 2 hours.
"I was sitting in my living room with my cat. I had to put her in the carrier and quickly bring her out. They diverted me to another hallway which was not smoky," said Parker.  
Others were treated on the scene. Residents who knew the victim are saddened by her death.

"I remember her talking. She was a real nice and sweet lady," said Parker.
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