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Sylvan Terrace Fire Apparently Intentionally Set; Victim May Have Attempted to Take Own Life

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This room where the fire was located at 8 Sylvan Terrace after all burned material was removed, and showing how low height of the smoke and heat line. Credits: City of Summit Fire Department
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SUMMIT, NJ - The March 26 structure fire at 8 Sylvan Terrance appears to have been set intentionally, with the resident found inside the residence apparently having attempted to take her own life, according to the Breaking News Network.

Summit Police were first to arrive at the scene just after 1 p.m., with Police Officer Gerald McDermott observing smoke billowing from a second floor window of the residence. Officer McDermott forced open the front door and entered the residence.  He found the woman, a 54 year-old Summit resident, lying on the living room couch holding a knife. The woman was in an incoherent state.

Officer McDermott disarmed the women, and then carried her out of the residence to safety. Emergency Medical Services personnel transported the woman to Overlook Medical Center. Her condition is unknown at this time and, according to the Summit Police, the situation is the subject of an ongoing investigation.

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The fire was brought under control at 1:41 p.m.  No injuries to any first responders were reported.

Assisting at the scene were the Millburn, Springfield, Union and Berkeley Heights Fire Departments, while the New Providence, Westfield and Scotch Plains Fire Departments provided additional station coverage.

The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Union County fire Investigation Unit.

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