Police & Fire

Victims of North Plainfield Apartment Fire Identified


SOMERVILLE, NJ – The identities of an elderly couple killed in a July 24 fire in North Plainfield have been released by the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office.

The victims were identified as Robert Collin, 72, and his wife Patricia Collin,  61. The couple lived at Regency Apartments on Route 22, according to Acting Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

The fire originated in the couple’s apartment, according to the prosecutor.

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A total of eight apartments were destroyed in the fire, first reported to fire officials at 11:48 a.m. There were no other fatalities or injuries. The Red Cross assisted 14 residents displaced by the fire.

Detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Fire Investigation Unit and the North Plainfield Police Department are conducting the ongoing investigation; the cause does not appear to be suspicious, according to Robertson.

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