SPARTA, NJ - Sparta Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 5:34 a.m. on Heighwood Trail. The homeowner was killed in the fire that also gutted the two-story, lake-style structure.
The victim, an elderly man, lived alone. Police are not releasing the name, pending notification of next of kin.
The Ogdensburg and Andover Fire Departments also responded. All three fire companies were still on the scene as of 10:30 a.m., as were Sparta detectives, Sussex County prosecutor's office and Sussex County Fire Marshall and the medical examiner. The incident is still under investigation.