Middletown House Fire Kills Woman, Pet Dog

An 18-year old Middletown woman was killed in a residential fire early Tuesday morning, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

According to authorities, at approximately 6:43 a.m., the Middletown Police and Fire Departments responded to a structure fire at 20 Neptune Place.

Officials say after firefighters placed the fire under control, they found Aubree Larusso, 18, of Middletown, deceased in a bedroom located off the living room in the family’s residence.

According to firefighters, Larusso’s mother, brother and a family friend escaped the blaze unharmed.

Unfortunately the family’s pet dog was found deceased in the home.

Fire departments from East Keansburg, Port Monmouth, Belford Engine, Belford Independent, Middletown Fire Co. 1 and Lincroft responded and assisted at the scene.

An on-scene investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, Monmouth County Fire Marshal’s Office and Middletown Police Department determined that the cause of the fire was accidental.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information to assist the investigative team is urged to contact Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Kevin Condon at 800-533-7443 or Middletown Police Detective Albert Scott at (732) 775-1996.