Deputy fire chief: Large fire destroys Hillside home; woman missing

Hillside Deputy Fire Chief Keith Ryan says the woman who is missing may have gone back inside the house to try to rescue pets.

Tony Caputo

Nov 21, 2023, 10:11 AM

Updated 216 days ago

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An overnight fire burned a Hillside home to ashes on Tuesday.
Hillside Deputy Fire Chief Keith Ryan confirmed that three people were inside the house on Conant Street near John Glenn Drive during the fire. He says one woman is currently missing. The two other residents who escaped the burning house are at a neighbor's home.
“There were people inside, and I believe I was told that they went back inside to get the pets and then unfortunately that was the last time the person was seen," Ryan said.
A fire destroyed a home on Conant Street in Hillside. (Photo: Tony Caputo/News 12 New Jersey)
Victor Manuel, a man who says he knows the family through construction work, says he received the bad news Tuesday morning.
“She went inside. Everybody ran out,” Manuel said. “The guy said, 'I took my daughter out and mom and she went back inside to get the dog, and she never came back out.'”
Firefighters continued putting out hot spots Tuesday morning once the flames were brought under control.
There was no word if anyone was injured. The cause of the fire is unknown.
Chopper 12 was over the scene as firefighters continued to put out hotspots. Watch below:


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