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ABSECON — A December fire in the city left one person dead, but officials have released no details about the incident.

There was a fatal fire Dec. 8 in the first block of Cessna Lane, according to minutes from the city’s Dec. 19 council meeting.

Police have not returned multiple requests for comment. Calls to Mayor Kim Horton and the city’s volunteer fire department were not immediately returned.

An Open Public Records Act request for police incident reports from the fire was denied by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, citing a statute in their response that “in the event that this agency possesses these records, they would be exempt from disclosure as criminal investigatory records.”

— Molly Bilinski

Contact: 609-272-7241

Twitter @ACPressMollyB

Staff Writer

My beat is public safety, following police and crime. I started in January 2018 here at the Press covering Egg Harbor and Galloway townships. Before that, I worked at the Reading Eagle in Reading, Pa., covering crime and writing obituaries.

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