JERSEY CITY, NJ - Though it doesn’t appear to be suspicious at this time, Hudson County Esther Suarez has confirmed that the Hudson County Regional Arson Task Force is continuing to investigate the cause of a fire that claimed the life of 98-year-old Maria Teti on Sunday.

As previously reported, members of the Bayonne Fire Department responded to a report of fire at 18 E. 16th Street shortly after 6:15 p.m. Upon arrival, firefighters located and extinguished the fire in the home, which was brought under control at 7:01 p.m.

While containing the fire, the firefighters rescued two adult females and later located Teti with apparent injuries caused by the fire. The preliminary investigation has determined that the origin of the fire was the first floor living room.

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The Bayonne Fire Department and the Bayonne Police Department are aiding in the investigation.

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