Early Morning Fatal Fire Destroys House in South Orange

There were fatal injuries reported in a fire that destroyed a house in South Orange early Friday morning.

According to preliminary reports, police and firefighters were called to 231 Ward Place to investigate reports of a fire that ignited inside the homes at around 2:45 a.m.

Upon arrival, firefighters found smoke and flames coming from the two and a half story wood framed house with occupants out of the home but one person was found inside unconscious and unresponsive .

Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze in under an hour, but the fire resulted in extensive damage to the residence.

The Essex County Prosecutor's Office has taken over the investigation.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.