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Pastor Reilly Burned In NJ Catholic Church Rectory Fire

03/10/12 03:16 PM ET  AP

New Jersey Church Fire

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

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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Filed by Paul Brandeis Raushenbush  |