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Fast-moving house fire kills 1, displaces several in Morristown

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MORRISTOWN, N.J. — Flames burst through the roof of a multi-family home on Pine Street early Tuesday morning. Firefighters fought the flames from all angles, but it wasn’t enough to save one person from dying. Another person was forced to climb out onto the roof to escape the burning heat.

“We had a patrolman, actually two patrolman and a firefighter, extend the ladder up to the roof and the occupant than there came down by the ladder,” said Morristown Fire Chief Robert Flanagan.

The Red Cross says at least 7 people lost their homes in this fire. Tenants collected what they could from the blackened building this afternoon.

Those on the outside are now counting their blessings.

“Thank god, my gown,” said Mary Anne Carollo. Her dress for her daughter’s wedding was in storage just feet away from the flames, along with dozens of other bridal gowns, in a shop next door called Dressed to the Nines.

“Every dress is fine. All our dresses, for the brides that have dresses here, go in plastic bags that go in cold storage in a closet. So do the mothers’ dresses. So we don’t get concerned,” said shop owner Jane Witt.

Back at the burnt building, another business wasn’t so lucky. But Witt says the store was closed even before the fire.

“That business was shut. It was a computer business that was shut down,” she said.

The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office has not released the name of the person who died. They are investigating what caused the fire.

Flames burst through the roof of a multi-family home on Pine Street early this morning. Firefighters fought the flames from all angles, but it wasn’t enough to save one person from dying. Another person was forced to climb out onto the roof to escape the burning heat.

“We had a patrolman, actually two patrolman and a firefighter, extend the ladder up to the roof and the occupant than there came down by the ladder,” said Morristown Fire Chief Robert Flanagan.

The Red Cross says at least 7 people lost their homes in this fire. Tenants collected what they could from the blackened building this afternoon.

Those on the outside are now counting their blessings.

“Thank god, my gown,” said Mary Anne Carollo. Her dress for her daughter’s wedding was in storage just feet away from the flames, along with dozens of other bridal gowns, in a shop next door called Dressed to the Nines.

“Every dress is fine. All our dresses, for the brides that have dresses here, go in plastic bags that go in cold storage in a closet. So do the mothers’ dresses. So we don’t get concerned,” said shop owner Jane Witt.

Back at the burnt building, another business wasn’t so lucky. But Witt says the store was closed even before the fire.

“That business was shut. It was a computer business that was shut down,” she said.

The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office has not released the name of the person who died. They are investigating what caused the fire.