WALLINGTON -- A close-knit New Jersey community is coping with the death of a veteran firefighter who was killed on the job Friday morning.
Flames broke out just after 1:00 Friday at Akasaka restaurant in Wallington. Firefighters comforted each other at the scene.
Fire officials say 57-year-old Gregory Barnas was on the roof at the time. Sources tell Eyewitness News he fell and went into cardiac arrest.
Barnas started his work with the Wallington Fire Department as a junior firefighter in 1972.
"It's a tragic loss for our fire department, words just can't even come to mind for it," said friend and fellow firefighter Mark Tomko.
The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.