Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Borough of Butler Police Chief Ciro Chimento announce an active investigation into a fatal fire that occurred on the night of December 12, 2017 in the Borough of Butler, New Jersey.
At approximately 10:50 p.m. on December 12, 2017, the Butler Police Department was notified of an active fire at a residence located at 4 Bartholdi Avenue in Butler. Fire suppression efforts were immediately undertaken. It was determined that multiple occupants of the home sustained injuries as a result of the fire.
One of the occupants, a 61-year-old female, died as a result of the fire. The decedent’s parents, ages 87 and 83, were transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Multiple law enforcement and emergency agencies responded to this scene, including the Butler Police Department, the Butler Fire Department, Butler EMS, Bloomingdale Fire Department, Kinnelon Fire Department, Pompton Lakes Fire Department, Pompton Lakes EMS, as well as the Morris County Sherriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Section and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Arson/Environmental Unit and Major Crimes Unit.
Currently, the investigation continues regarding the origin and cause of the fire and no additional information will be released at this time.
Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Paul Merkler of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at [email protected] or 973-285-6215.