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UPDATE: Family, Friends Mourn Loss of Woman Killed in Rahway House Fire


Family and friends are morning the loss of 44-year-old Shonda Smith who was tragically killed in a house fire Wednesday morning.

According to preliminary reports, firefighters raced to the scene of a two-alarm fire that ignited inside a house in the 400 block of Washington Street shortly after 6 a.m.

Crews arrived to find thick smoke and flames coming from the two and a half story wood framed house at that location.

Firefighters were able to beat down flames and make their way into the house, where they rescued one of four people that were inside the home, according to reports.

Officials say the Shonda Smith was found dead in a second-floor bedroom. Smith's son, mother and brother - who were also inside the home - escaped unharmed.

According to authorities, an officer was hospitalized for smoke inhalation and a burn to his neck and ear while a firefighter suffered an eye injury.

The cause and origin of the fire remains under investigation.

Officials say the fire was placed under control shortly after 6:30 a.m.