RNJ News Department

Police say electrical problem may have sparked Washington Twp. house fire

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (Morris County) – It appears that an electrical problem may have caused the fire that heavily damaged a Washington Township home on Monday.

At 4:55 a.m. Washington Township Police received a report of a structure fire at a private residence on Ruth Lane, police said.

Upon arrival of responding officers they confirmed that the attic portion of the residence was fully engulfed and all occupants of the residence had been safely evacuated, police said.

A police officer was treated and released from Hackettstown Medical Center for smoke inhalation, police said.

The fire was extinguished by the Washington Township Fire Companies along with assistance from Hackettstown Fire Company and Mansfield Township Fire Company. Also assisting at the scene was the Long Valley Fire Aid Squad.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation by Detective Sgt. Brain Szymanski but at this time appears to be electrical and is currently deemed not suspicious.

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By: Jay Edwards
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(Photo Courtesy: Washington Township Police Department)