March 1, 2023
ROOSEVELT BOROUGH, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Sgt. Philip Curry from the New Jersey State Police Office of Public Information told MidJersey.News that Troopers responded to a residence on Cedar Court in Roosevelt Borough, Monmouth County, for a female resident who was served an eviction notice but refused to leave and threatened to blow up the house. At approximately 11:10 a.m., troopers observed smoke coming from the residence before it became fully engulfed in flames. Personnel from multiple fire departments arrived on scene and extinguished the fire. The female resident did not survive the fire. There were no other occupants and there were no other injuries.
The case remains under investigation.
Earlier MidJersey.News story:
March 1, 2023
ROOSEVELT, NJ (MONMOUTH)—Around 10:18 a.m. the Millstone Township Fire Department was dispatched into Roosevelt Borough to 5 Cedar Court for a “gas leak scene is not secure” Initial radio reports indicate that there was emotionally disturbed person inside the house that was in process of being evicted, had a lighter, gas on and threating to blow up the home.
NJ State Police set up a command post on Pine Drive near the intersection of Cedar Court.
Around 11:08 smoke was coming from the building and a full first alarm was called sending Hope Fire Company of Allentown/Upper Freehold, East Windsor, Monroe Township, Robbinsville Fire Departments, Freehold Township to cover Millstone from their firehouse. Hightstown, New Egypt, and Hamilton Township Fire Department added for RIT. Many other departments are involved. Monmouth County Fire Marshal on scene.
NJSP Helicopters 2 and 4 are over the scene.
1130 a.m. JCP&L cut power to the block.
11:40 a.m. Gas company has secured the gas.
12:09 p.m. Firefighters report heavy fire from structure requesting 2nd Alarm
12:18 Firefighters report heavy fire though the roof of structure. NJSP cleared building to make fire attack.
12:19 Firefighters stretching 2 lines one to front door and one to exposure building.
12:27 p.m. Hamilton Township Fire Department added for RIT, now 3-Alarm
12:30 p.m. All 2nd Alarm companies to the scene, 3-Alarm companies to stand by at post office for staging.
1:15 p.m. person removed from building.
1:35 p.m. Fire Under Control overhaul in progress. NJ State Fire Marshal requested to the scene for 1 civilian fatality and 2 firefighter injuries.
Photos below from the Millstone Township Fire Department: