Man, dog both killed by flames of intense North Jersey fire
WAYNE — An man and his dog died in a fast-moving house fire on Sunday.
Wayne Police said intense flames kept them from going into the house on Riverlawn Drive after a woman standing outside the home told them her husband was still inside around 8 a.m. Two of their dogs were with the woman, but one ran back into the burning house, police said.
The man's body was recovered in the rear of the basement along with the dog, according to police.
The Daily Record identified the man as Dennis Bennett, husband of Theresa Davis, the longtime director of Morris County's Division on Aging, Disabilities and Veterans. She retired in 2015, according to the report.
Police said a Toyota Prius, motor home and a motorcycle were also damaged by the fire.
Fire investigators are looking for surveillance video that may help them determine the cause and origin of the fire at the home, in a wooded area not far from the Willowbrook Mall.
Wayne Volunteer Fire Companies Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 5 along with the Wayne Memorial Volunteer First Aid Squad and advanced life support from Saint Joseph’s hospital Paterson responded to the scene.
Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com.
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