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Authorities: Reignited yard waste sparked deadly house fire

August 26, 2019

WEST DEPTFORD, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a fast-moving house fire that killed a woman in southern New Jersey was sparked by burning yard waste.

The fire in West Deptford broke out around 1:40 a.m. Monday. Firefighters arrived at the Division Street home of 75-year-old Jacqueline Truss to find flames rising from the roof.

Authorities say relatives had done yard work at the home over the weekend and a drum in which some of the waste was burned reignited overnight.

The home’s rear deck caught on fire, and the flames spread to the rest of the house. Authorities say the cause of the fire was revealed through home security video.

A firefighter who helped battle the blaze was being treated at a hospital for breathing difficulties.

The victim’s late husband was a retired police officer.

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