FRANKLIN PARK, NJ - Maria Cisyk, 73, of Gregory Lane passed away due to smoke inhalation as a result of a fire which occurred on Gregory Lane this Sunday evening, according to officials.
The Franklin Township Police Department received a 9-1-1 call reporting a structural fire on Gregory Lane at approximately 9:30 p.m. Sunday night.
"Upon arrival, patrol units observed heavy smoke and flames coming from the residence, Lt. Phil Rizzo said in a statement. "Multiple neighbors stated that they believed that the resident was still in the condominium. Officers attempted to make entry but were unable to because of the smoke and flames."
Firefighters from Franklin Park, Middlebush, Griggstown, Little Rocky Hill, Rocky Hill, Community, Somerset Fire and Rescue, North Brunswick and Kendall Park responded to the scene to extinguish the fire, according to officials.
Police say, emergency medical personnel from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Kendall Park First Aid Squad were also on scene.
"Four additional condominiums suffered fire, smoke and water damage and were deemed uninhabitable," Rizzo said. "The residents from those units were displaced and are staying in the area with family or friends."
It appears that the fire started in the kitchen area, and does not appear to be suspicious in nature.
A condominium fire on Gregory Lane, in Franklin Park, possibly killed the home owner Sunday night, after apparently being trapped on the first floor, according to a Breaking News Network alert.
According to the alert, the two-alarm fire broke out at a unit on Gregory Lane around 9:20 p.m. Sunday night, spreading to the attic of the complex. According to the alert, the roof collapsed in a neighboring unit.
Arriving units found fire on one side of the building and in the attic.
Firefighters from Franklin, as well as Kendall Park in South Brunswick, and others turned out to battle the blaze.
The homeowner was unaccounted for and believed to have been trapped on the first floor of the unit, the alert said.
The Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office was called to the scene to deal with the possible fatality, according to the alert.
The fire remains under investigation and we will have more on this developing story as information becomes available.
TAPinto Franklin Township is Franklin Township’s only free daily paper.
Sign Up for E-News to get top stories delivered daily to your inbox.