- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 6, 2014

SPARTA, N.J. (AP) - Authorities have used dental records to identify the man who was killed in a fast-moving fire last weekend that destroyed his home and severely damaged another in northwestern New Jersey.

Sparta police tell The Star-Ledger (https://bit.ly/1fNaFZU) that the remains of 67-year-old Robert Womack were identified Tuesday morning by the Morris County Medical Examiner. They say Womack lived alone in his two-story home, where the fire broke out early Saturday.

No other residents were injured in the fire.

Sparta Fire Lt. Anthony Riehl suffered burns on his shoulder and back while searching the home for other possible victims. The 37-year-old Riehl was treated at St. Barnabas Hospital’s Burn Unit in Livingston, where he was treated for second-degree burns and released later Saturday.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by state police and the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office.

Authorities say Womack’s home was completely destroyed, while a neighboring residence sustained significant damage to the fire’s intense heat. Womack’s home was engulfed in flames when police first arrived on scene, and the intense heat and smoke prevented them from entering the residence.


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