Police: Woman facing eviction dies after setting home on fire

Several people who live near Cedar Court tell News 12 that a woman facing eviction barricaded herself inside the home, turned on the gas and set the home on fire.

News 12 Staff

Mar 1, 2023, 9:27 PM

Updated 499 days ago

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New Jersey state troopers are on the scene of a deadly fire in Roosevelt.
New Jersey state police say that a woman facing eviction barricaded herself inside the home, turned on the gas and set the home on fire. She did not survive, according to witnesses on the scene. Police have not yet identified the victim.
Neighbors say that victim owned about 30 cats. Animal control officers say that none of the animals inside the home survived.
The home was subdivided, with two families sharing a common wall.
Emma Quackenbush lives in the home next door, which was also damaged. She says that she was not home at the time of the fire and that she didn’t know her neighbor very well. She says her home was destroyed.
“It looks unbelievable. The other house, I don’t even think it's there,” Quackenbush says. “I can’t go back in. I can’t go in there until they investigate.”
She says she has lived in her home for 22 years. She says there is nothing left and that she will have to find a new place to live.
The state fire marshal is investigating, along with the state police.


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