Police & Fire

Heighwood Trail Fire Victim Identified

Sparta Police Det. Sgt. Terrence Mulligan tapes off the scene of Saturday's fatal house fire in Sparta.  The homeowner, 67-year-old Robert A. Womack was killed in the early morning blaze. Credits: Sparta Township Police
Sparta Fireman battle a house fire that claimed the life of the homeowner.  Sparta Firefighter, Lt. Anthony Riehl is recovering from injuries suffered during the incident.  It took Fire Departments from Sparta, Andover Township and Ogdensburg several hours to get the fast moving blaze under control. Credits: Sparta Township Police

SPARTA, NJ-The identity of the victim of last Saturday’s fatal structure fire has been confirmed through dental records, early this morning by the Morris County Medical Examiner.  67-year-old Robert A. Womack the homeowner was killed in the early morning blaze that destroyed his Heighwood Trail residence.

Womack who lived alone in the home, was employed as a Medical Technologist for Samaritan Hospital in Sufferen New York.  Womack who was never married, had no children and no living relatives other than an aunt who resides out of state.

The aunt was personally notified at the request of the Sparta Police Department by local law enforcement in her hometown late Sunday evening of the incident.  Womack’s body was burned beyond recognition and needed his identity to be confirmed by dental records.

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The aunt, who is expected to claim the body later this week, has not completed final arrangements as of yet.

Sparta Fireman, Lt. Anthony Riehl, 37-years-of-age, suffered second degree burns on his shoulder and back while searching for victims in the burning home, is out of the hospital and recovering from his injuries.

The cause and origin of the fatal blaze has not yet been determined. Members from the Sparta Township Police Department’s Detective Bureau, The Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office, The Sussex County Fire Marshal and the New Jersey State Police are continuing their joint investigation.

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