Fire fatality under review

BELLEVILLE – 

The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating the death of a Belleville resident found dead in his home after a Saturday fire, it was announced by Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray.

A press release issued by Murray’s office said that firefighters responded to an alarm of fire at a Bremond St. residence at 4:45 p.m. and that the lifeless body of occupant Nicholas Quartuccio, 61, was discovered inside.

“It appears at this juncture of the investigation that there was a fire in his residence and he attempted to flee,” the release said. “He never made it out.”

Quartuccio was found in a rear bedroom, the release said.

Cause of the fire and death of the resident is being investigated by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Homicide Major Crimes Homicide and Arson Task Force with the assistance of the Belleville police and fire departments.

Results of an autopsy being conducted by the Regional Medical Examiner are awaited, the release said.

The Observer Staff