MONTCLAIR, NJ - Trapped inside a home located on Walnut Crescent, an 89-year-old victim succumbed to injuries caused by fire, according to officials.
According to Katherine Carter, spokesperson for the Essex County Prosecutor's Office, the victim, Delia V. West lived there alone.
On February 21, at approximately 3:00pm, 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 firefighters entered the burning building and rescued West, but she unfortunately, did not survive their injuries.
Duncan noted, "There was heavy fire damage to the 1st floor and moderate fire damage to the 2nd floor. Units from West Orange, Bloomfield and East Orange helped to bring the fire under control while units from Orange, Caldwell, Verona and Cedar Grove covered the township for the duration of the incident."
There were no reported Fire Department injuries. The last units cleared the scene at 6:01 pm.
"The cause of the fire remains undetermined. The investigation is ongoing," said Carter.