PLAINFIELD — Police say a 75-year-old woman was killed following a fire and heavy smoke inside a home.
According to police, the fire was reported around 3:30 a.m. at 5 Charlotte Drive. When firefighters and an ambulance arrived, the fire had already been extinguished but the house was filled with heavy smoke.
A 51-year-old male resident was outside when crews arrived, but he said his aunt, 75-year-old Patricia Ann Pintrich, was unresponsive inside and needed medical attention.
First responders attempted to revive Pintrich, who suffered severe burns to her body, but she was pronounced dead at the scene. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled Pintrich’s death an accident, caused by burns and other conditions which were exacerbated by the fire, including heart disease and emphysema.
The Plainfield Fire Marshall’s Office responded to the scene and later requested the State Police Fire Investigation and Explosion Unit to help determine the cause of the fire.
At this time this case is still open and under investigation. Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to contact the Plainfield Police Department at (860)564-0804.