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Woman killed in New Jersey house fire after standoff with State Police 01:32

MONMOUTH COUNTY, N.J. - One woman is dead and a house destroyed after a massive fire Wednesday in Monmouth County, and police say the fire was started on purpose.

The fire broke out around 11 a.m. in a home on Cedar Street in the Borough of Roosevelt.

 

Woman dies in house fire after standoff with New Jersey State Police

Woman killed in New Jersey house fire after standoff with State Police 01:32

One woman is dead and a house destroyed after a massive fire in New Jersey, and police say the fire was started on purpose.

Flames billowed into the sky, and home has been burnt to the core.

"We're getting reports that the resident turned on the gas of the residence prior to igniting," New Jersey State Police Lt. Lawrence Peele said.

NJSP say the woman living in the Cedar Court home was served an eviction notice but refused to leave. The female tenant threatened to blow up the house, which led to neighbors being evacuated.

Troopers responded to the house, but a standoff ensued.

"They knocked on our door this morning. Thank God it was a pretty loud knock. I grabbed [my son]. They told us to leave. She was threatening with a bomb or to bomb the house and ended up with a fire," neighbor Erin Luca said.

The home is now a shell of what it once was, the roof and walls completely charred. The fire spread to an attached home, causing significant damage.

"I have no house now," neighbor Emma Quackenbush said.

"This is a quiet, little town, that's why we moved here. This is something that's rocking the town right now," Luca said.

Based on a preliminary investigation, animals were also found in the home.

PSE&G was excavating and working throughout the night but being tight-lipped about the reason for the digging.

As the investigation continues, people are being told to stay away, as the structure of the home is not secure.

By Alecia Reid
 

Woman, animals killed in New Jersey house fire

Officials: Woman who threatened to blow up home dies in NJ house fire 01:36

A woman's body was found inside a burned-out New Jersey home Wednesday.

The home is now a shell of what it once was, the roof and walls completely charred. 

We've learned that the woman living in the home was served an eviction notice but refused to leave, and officials say the female tenant threatened to blow up the house.

Troopers responded to the home on Cedar Court just after 11 a.m. and soon noticed smoke coming from the house. A short time later, it was engulfed in flames.

New Jersey State Police confirm the woman died in the fire, and based on a preliminary investigation, animals were also found in the home. At this time, it isn't clear how many.

State Police is handling the incident and say it appears gas ignited the fire.

"We're getting reports that the resident turned on the gas of the residence prior to igniting," New Jersey State Police Lt. Lawrence Peele said.

So far, there are no reported injuries, but there was significant damage to a neighboring home.

By Alecia Reid
 

Woman dies in the fire, authorities say she threatened to blow up the house

Police investigating deadly house fire in New Jersey 02:02

A woman is dead after the home she was living in went up in flames. 

Officials say the fire was set intentionally. 

The woman was served an eviction notice, but refused to leave. Authorities say the female tenant threatened to blow up the house. 

Troopers responded to the home on Cedar Court just after 11 a.m., and soon noticed smoke coming from the house. 

In a short time, it was engulfed in flames. That woman died in the fire. 

Firefighters from multiple departments were on the scene to get it under control. 

There's a tremendous amount of damage to the home. New Jersey State Police is handling the incident, and say it appears to have been gas that ignited the fire. 

"We're getting reports that the resident turned on the gas of the residence prior to igniting," said Lt. Lawrence Peele.

"They knocked on our door this morning. Thank God it was a pretty loud knock. I grabbed [my son]. They told us to leave. She was threatening with a bomb or to bomb the house and ended up with a fire," neighbor Erin Luca said.

Officials say the woman was the only person inside the house at the time of the fire. There were no other reported injuries, but there was damage to the residence to the left of the home.

Fire officials say the home is not structurally secure.

By Alecia Reid
 

Chopper 2 over the scene

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Chopper 2 is checking out a fire in the Borough of Roosevelt in Monmouth County, N.J. Watch more local coverage on CBS News New York: https://cbsn.ws/3Uycq1M

Posted by CBS New York on Wednesday, March 1, 2023
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