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Victim and Cause Identified in Fatal House fire in Montvale

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Montvale NJ, Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the results of an investigation into a house fire at 53 North Avenue, Montvale, NJ that involved a fatality. The investigation is being conducted by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti, the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office under the direction of Sheriff Anthony Cureton, and the Montvale Police Department under the direction of Acting Chief Joseph Sanfilippo.

On Sunday, December 23, 2018, the Montvale Police Department received a report of a house fire at 53 North Avenue, Montvale, NJ. When the Montvale Police and Fire Departments arrived on the scene, the single-family residence was consumed by heavy fire and the occupant, Ninette Grannis, a 77-year-old female, was unaccounted for and presumed to be inside.

During the investigation, the remains of Ninette Grannis were located inside the residence. Ninette Grannis was positively identified during a post mortem examination by the Bergen County Medical Examiner’s Office. The cause of the fire was determined to be accidental due to carelessly discarded smoking materials.

Acting Prosecutor Calo thanks the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Montvale Police Department, as well as the Montvale Fire Department and responding Fire Departments from surrounding towns.