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Victim of Fatal Fire in Essex Fells Identified

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NEWARK, NJ - Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Essex Fells Police Chief Vincent Kulik announced today that the victim of the fatal fire in Essex Fells has been identified as Michelle L. Meoli, 60, of Essex Fells.

Yesterday, at approximately 2:35 a.m., Essex Fells police and fire units responded to a report of a fire at 68 Fells Road. Arriving first responders located the victim in the rear of the residence and removed her from the house. First aid was administered to the victim and she was transported to Mountainside Hospital in Glen Ridge, where she was pronounced dead at 4:06 a.m. It appears she was the only person residing in the house.

The fire investigation is ongoing but it does not appear to be suspicious at this time, according to Chief Assistant Prosecutor Thomas S. Fennelly.

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The cause and manner of death are pending test results.

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