72-year-old New Jersey woman dies after fire at home

EAST ORANGE, N.J. (AP) — Officials say a 72-year-old woman died  after a fire broke out in the home she owns and shares with eight others.

The Essex County Prosecutor's Office said Sunday that Maureen Phillips was found dead at the East Orange house after initially being unaccounted for.

The fire broke out about 5 a.m., and Phillips' 38-year-old son and a 52-year-old woman were also injured. Their names were not released.

There were six others, from 36 years old to 1 year old at the home when the fire broke out.

The blaze also spread to a neighboring, unoccupied structure.

The cause is being investigated.


This story has been corrected to show that Phillips is unaccounted for, not dead, as police officials initially reported.

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