Death-Cause Of Death – Obituary
The victim of Saturday’s fire at the Ridgecrest Senior Housing complex in Ridgewood has been identified as Denise Dillon, 72.
Police Chief Jacqueline Luthcke said the fire at the 150-unit apartment complex was “accidental” and confined to Dillon’s unit, but gave no information on how the fire started.
No other information on Dillon was available, Luthcke said.
The chief said all residents were able to return to their apartments at the end of the evening. She had no information on Dillon’s prior residence or history.
The apartment complex for people ages 62 and older was built in 1984 and is subsidized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Though owned by Bergen County, it is managed by Marzulli Real Estate in Bloomfield, according to building manager Richard Barclay.
“We are saddened by the most recent tragedy and particularly the loss of life,” he said in a statement issued Monday on behalf of Ridgecrest’s staff and board of directors. “Our hearts go out to all those who have been affected. We wish to thank the many first responders who assisted and the Village government officials, businesses and friends who have offered their support and prayers while our residents recover.”
Fire Chief John Judge referred questions regarding the fire’s cause to the county Prosecutor’s Office.
Responders at the scene included Glen Rock police, the Bergen County sheriff’s Bureau of Investigations, the Ho-Ho-Kus Fire Department, EMS units from Glen Rock and Midland Park, Valley Hospital paramedics, Passaic County Medical Ambulance Bus, the state Division of Fire Safety and the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, fire coordinator, Office of Emergency Management and Medical Ambulance Bus.
The fire was the third fatal blaze in Bergen County in a week. Fires in Allendale and South Hackensack left three other people dead.
Marsha Stoltz is a local reporter for NorthJersey.com. For unlimited access to the most important news from your local community, please subscribe or activate your digital account today.