NUTLEY, NJ - A township resident saw something and said something, by immediately calling 911 to the scene of a house fire on Myrtle Ave. on Sat. Oct. 10, 2020.

Marc Sposato stepped outside his Myrtle Ave. residence Saturday evening and saw his neighbor's home ablaze. He immediately made a 911 call to the Township of Nutley Department of Public Safety. It appears that his call may have been the first received by the Nutley Fire Department. 

After calling, Sposato ran toward the fire and heard a male voice calling "help me." He moved closer to the fire and saw it engulf the two-story frame structure. He then heard explosions.

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The Nutley Fire Department was the first on the scene, crews from Lyndhurst, Montclair, and Bloomfield were also on the scene as a part of mutual aid agreements.

Sposato reported that he witnessed first responders bring a victim out of the house on a stretcher. He also reported that a dog was brought to safety.  

Township of Nutley Director of Public Safety Alphonse Petracco told TAPinto Nutley that it was a "severe fire,"and it is now in the hands of the Essex County Prosecutors Office (ECPO).  He commended the fire fighters and EMTs who responded to the scene.

Given that the investigation is now in the hands of the ECPO, Petracco was not able to give further details regarding the fire or residents.  

Katherine Carter of the ECPO confirmed one fatality. 

It should be notified that the ECPO has all the investigative equipment needed to discover the cause of a fire. The presence of the ECPO does not mean there is any evidence of foul play. 

Witness accounts suggest that the fire started in the attached garage. Officials have not confirmed the starting point yet.

More details regarding this fire are expected as the weekend unfolds. As with most fire investigations, full details regarding this situation may not be reported for months.


(TAPinto Nutley reporter Deborah Ann Tripoldi contributed to this report) 

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