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Body found in rubble of Union City fire identified

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CLIFFVIEW PILOT HAS IT FIRST: A 55-year-old missing man’s body was found in the rubble of a massive wind-swept fire that destroyed six buildings on Bergenline Avenue in Union City and damaged two others.

The family was notified and was expected at the county Medical Examiner’s Office, a source with direct knowledge of the discovery told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .

As of 2 a.m., investigators didn’t know why Evaristo A. Guerra Buxadera of 25th Street in Union City was in the basement of 2105 Bergenline Avenue, the source told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .

Workers found his body there while pumping out water around 7:30 Thursday night, he said.

“The remains were taken to street level, where identification was found in his wallet,” the source told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .

It took firefighters until around 8:15 this morning to fully extinguish the blaze that erupted at 2103 Bergenline Avenue around 10 o’clock Wednesday night and quickly spread to several neighboring structures.

The string of three-story buildings contained apartments and businesses. Alarms brought firefighters from Hudson, Bergen and even Essex County.

More than a dozen minor injuries were reported, and authorities did know that the body of the man who was found had been unaccounted for in the blaze, the source told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .

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