Funds and support pour in for Hazlet family following fatal house fire

Officials say Jackie Montanaro and her daughter Madelyn found themselves trapped inside the burning house early Friday morning.

News 12 Staff

Jan 15, 2023, 2:38 PM

Updated 552 days ago

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An online fundraiser is gaining steam to help a Hazlet family following a fire that left a mother and her child dead and their home destroyed.   
It occurred early Friday morning on Brookside Avenue. Officials say the fire started just after midnight when Jackie Montanaro and her daughter Madelyn found themselves trapped inside the burning house. They were rushed out of the home by responding crews and taken to the hospital where they both later died. A firefighter was also injured.  
Matt Dickens of the RAINE Foundation says his team was called in by the police shortly after crews arrived at the scene.  
“They recognized something would be needed, and we immediately mobilized for what we can do,” he said. “Our community would say that anyone that knows them know they are great people, and it’s a tragic loss.” 
The Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office says they are still working to determine the cause of the fire, but they do not believe it was suspicious in nature.  
Just two days later, friends and family throughout the community are banding together to raise money through a GoFundMe page. It has collected $130,000 so far for surviving husband Will and daughter Elena. 
Anyone who would like to donate can do so through the RAINE Foundation, the Monmouth County Council of the Boy Scouts and the GoFundMe page. 


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