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Bloomfield fire claims woman in wheel chair

New Jersey news from Eyewitness News
December 10, 2013 10:29:03 AM PST
Investigators are looking for the cause of deadly fire in Bloomfield, New Jersey that killed a wheel chair bound woman.

The fire broke out around 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday at 60 Haines Street in Bloomfield.

When officers arrived at the scene, authorities say they discovered a woman in a wheel chair at the front door of the home. They managed to get her to the front lawn where they attempted unsuccessfully to revive her.

Esther Utkewicz, 65, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Her son, James Utkewicz, 44, was also discovered in the house. He was transported to Mountainside Hospital in Montclair where he remains in critical condition.

The Essex County Prosecutor's Office and Bloomfield police and fire officials are investigating the cause.


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