East Orange, NJ – Body Recovered, 11 Injured, 18 Displaced in Prospect St Apartment Fire

East Orange, NJ – Body Recovered, 11 Injured, 18 Displaced in Prospect St Apartment Fire

East Orange, NJ (July 22, 2022) – An elderly woman died in a three-alarm fire that ripped through an apartment building on Friday, July 22nd. 

The blaze began at about 12:30 a.m. at the Villa Apartments on Prospect Street in East Orange. Despite a response from multiple fire agencies, the flames were still burning more than eight hours later.  

Flames and heavy smoke that were visible for miles filled the night sky as the fire spread through the four-story building and exited through the roof. 

Firefighters battled the inferno, and several dozen residents were evacuated as parts of their home collapsed around them. It was after 9:00 a.m. before the fire was under control. 

According to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, an elderly woman did not make it out. Her name has not been released.

Five firefighters and six residents were injured during the incident, all of whom are expected to recover.

The Mayor’s office reported that 18 families were displaced by the fire. 

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time. Our thoughts are with the injured victims and their families in hopes of a full recovery.

Burn Injuries in New Jersey

East Orange, NJ - Body Recovered, 11 Injured, 18 Displaced in Prospect St Apartment Fire

A serious burn could take years to heal. In some instances, burn victims never fully recover. They normally require hospitalization in specialized wards where they must undergo numerous surgeries and other treatments in an attempt to make their skin as normal and functional as possible. 

It is not unusual for victims to require psychiatric treatment to cope with the trauma caused by the event and living with disfiguring scars. 

A severe burn is a physically and mentally draining experience. Almost everyone has burned themselves during the course of cooking, ironing, or participating in some other household activity. Burns caused by house fires, however, often cover huge areas of the body, are quite painful, and leave the victim vulnerable to skin loss and serious infections, paving the way for other serious medical conditions. 

After they have healed as much as they can, burns often leave disfiguring scars that require surgical intervention and can make even fundamental daily actions painful and challenging. 

Proper treatment for burn injuries is expensive. If your burn injuries were the result of another person’s malicious, careless, or reckless behavior, the law enables you to seek financial compensation for your physical, emotional, and financial damages. 

Our attorneys work diligently to ensure families have their legal rights protected so they can move forward from the tragic and unexpected loss of a loved one. Contact the fire injury lawyers at Metro Law by calling (800) 460-6476 to see how we can help you.

Notes: Outside sources were used in the creation of this post including news bulletins and first-hand accounts of the accident and injuries involved. As a result, the details of the accident presented have not been independently verified. If you have identified any false information in the story or would like the post to be removed, please inform us immediately, and we will correct the information or remove the post. 

Disclaimer: As a member of the local community, we at Metro Law strive to improve the overall safety and quality of life for everyone who lives in our beloved state. We are extremely saddened by these accidents but hope that through an awareness of these dangers, those in our community will take precautions to avoid these accidents. This is not a solicitation for business, and this information should not be misconstrued as medical or legal advice. We wish only the best and quickest recovery to all those involved in the accident. The photos depicted in this post are not from the actual accident scene.