EAST ORANGE, NJ - Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and East Orange Public Safety Director Sheilah Coley announced today that the Essex County Prosecutor's Office and East Orange fire and police are investigating a fatal fire.
At approximately 5 am Sunday morning a fire broke out at 60 Midland Avenue in East Orange. The home was occupied by nine people. Eight people escaped. The owner of the home 72-year-old Maureen Phillips was initially unaccounted for but her body has since been discovered and she was pronounced dead at the scene.
Her 38-year-old son was injured and is being treated. In addition, a 52-year-old woman was injured. She is hospitalized in critical condition. Six others, ranging in age from 36 years old to one year old, were in the home at the time the blaze broke out. The fire also spread to 64 Midland, an unoccupied structure.
The cause of the fire in still undetermined. The investigation is active and ongoing. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.