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Deadly house fire not considered suspicious

Local News | Aug 04, 2014

Deadly house fire not considered suspicious

BRICK, N.J. (AP) — Investigators say a southern New Jersey house fire that killed a woman is not considered suspicious.

But it’s still not clear what sparked the blaze or what caused the death of 66-year-old Grace Merkel.

Firefighters found Merkel’s body early Saturday after they extinguished the fire at her Brick home. Authorities say Merkel lived alone in the single-story home on Dock Road, and no other injuries were reported in the fire.

The blaze was reported around 3:30 a.m. and was extinguished a short time later.

The fire is being investigated by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, the county Sheriff’s Department and Brick authorities.