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INVESTIGATION OF FATAL HOUSE FIRE IN ENGLEWOOD, NJ

TO: ALL NEWS MEDIA

FROM: PROSECUTOR MARK MUSELLA

DATE: AUGUST 25, 2020  

Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced an investigation into an apartment fire at 77 Grove Street, Englewood, NJ that involved a fatality. The investigation is being conducted by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti, the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office under the direction of Sheriff Anthony Cureton, and the Englewood Police Department under the direction of Chief Lawrence Suffern.

On Monday, August 24, 2020, at approximately 10:00 p.m., the Englewood Police Department received a 911 call reporting a house fire with an occupant trapped in the rear detached garage, which was used as an apartment, at 77 Grove Street. The Englewood Fire Department was dispatched. When the Englewood Police and Fire Departments arrived on the scene, the apartment was consumed by heavy fire and the occupant, Clare Mackin, a 57-year-old female, was unaccounted for and presumed to be inside. Upon entering the apartment and extinguishing the fire, they located a deceased female. The individual is believed to be Clare Mackin, but positive identification is pending from the Bergen County Medical Examiner’s Office. Englewood Police contacted the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit Arson Squad, and the ensuing investigation revealed that the cause of the fire was accidental and possibly caused by careless smoking.

Prosecutor Musella would like to thank the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office, the Englewood Police Department, and the Englewood Fire Department for their assistance in this investigation.

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