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UPDATE: 82-Year-Old Woman Killed in Jackson Township Fire

By rlsmetro on
Jackson Township

Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer said at approximately 8:45 p.m., the Jackson Township Police Department and Jackson Township Fire Department were dispatched to a structure fire with entrapment on Lehigh Boulevard.

Upon arrival, emergency personnel found the structure to be fully engulfed by flames. Firefighters located the body of an 82 year-old female in the downstairs portion of the residence.

Officials said the woman was pronounced deceased at the scene. A second victim jumped from the second story of the residence to escape the fire and received minor injuries.  

A pet dog has not yet been accounted for. Officials said Jackson Township Police Officer was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.

According to officials, a second Jackson Township Police Officer was transported to Monmouth Medical Center-Southern Campus in Lakewood, treated for minor injuries, and released.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit- Arson Squad, Ocean County Sheriff's Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, Ocean County Fire Marshal’s Office, Jackson Township Fire Bureau, and Jackson Township Police Department.