MONTCLAIR, NJ — Trapped inside a home located on Walnut Crescent, an 89-year-old woman succumbed to injuries caused by fire, according to officials. According to Katherine Carter, spokesperson for the Essex County Prosecutor's Office (ECPO), the victim, identified as Delia V. West, lived there alone.
Units from West Orange, Bloomfield and East Orange helped the Montclair Fire Department bring the fire under control while units from Orange, Caldwell, Verona and Cedar Grove covered the township for the duration of the incident.
At approximately 3 p.m. on Feb. 21, the Montclair Fire Department received a call reporting a smoke condition at a residence on Walnut Crescent.
According to Deputy Fire Chief Robert Duncan, Montclair fire units arrived to find heavy fire issuing from the rear first floor of the house. He stated that there was already heavy fire damage to the first floor and moderate fire damage to the second floor.
The last units cleared the scene at 6:01 p.m., according to Duncan.
The firefighters who entered the burning building were able to rescue West before she succumbed to the injuries. There were no reported fire department injuries.
According to the ECPO, the cause of the fire remains undetermined, and the investigation is ongoing.