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Elderly woman dies from burns suffered in fire

3-18-14

BRICK TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say an elderly woman has died from severe burns she suffered in a fire at a southern New Jersey senior citizen community.

The Asbury Park Press (http://on.app.com/1gKkkum) reports 81-year-old Irene Scarnechia died Monday night, one day after the fire broke out in her unit at the Laurelton Gardens complex in Brick.

Authorities say Scarnechia called her daughter, who lives nearby, to say there was a fire in her home. The daughter then sent her two sons to the residence.

When they saw flames coming from the home, one grandson tried to rescue his grandmother while the other called 911. The teen who entered the home suffered undisclosed injuries and was treated at a hospital.

It’s not yet clear what caused the fast-moving fire, which severely damaged four units overall.

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Information from: Asbury Park (N.J.) Press, http://www.app.com