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Pastor seriously burned in NJ church rectory fire

PALISADES PARK, N.J. (AP) – The longtime pastor of a Roman Catholic church in northern New Jersey has been seriously burned in a fire at the church rectory.

Officials tell The Record (
http://bit.ly/AmP7dv) that the Rev. James Reilly had burns over 40 percent of his body and was hospitalized in critical condition. Two adjunct priests who also live in the St. Michael’s Church rectory in Palisades Park weren’t injured in the blaze, which broke out around 1 a.m. Saturday.

Officials say Reilly, who is in his early 70s and has health issues, was sleeping when the fire started.

Another priest heard the fire alarm and ran to Reilly’s room. But the door was locked, so he called 911 and got the third priest to safety.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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Information from: The Record,
http://www.northjersey.com

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