FRANKLIN, NJ (CBSNewYork / AP) – The body of a 13-year-old girl was found after a house fire in the North New shirt, the authorities said.
Franklin District police said fire brigades and officers reacted to the report of the fire as soon as 10 p.m. on Friday and found the 2 1/2-story home submerged in flames.
Sgt. Robert Vander Ploeg said two residents on the second floor had to escape through a window onto a low roof and suffered minor injuries. He said a friend from the 13-year-old girl’s family suffered minor burns when they tried to go back home to rescue the girl.
The fire that completely destroyed the house was under control about four hours after it was reported, Vander Ploeg said. The cause is under investigation.
Vander Ploeg said: “It was a family that had lived in town for a while. “So that’s a loss that is being felt deeply, as you can imagine.”
John Giachi, the school’s director, said in a letter to local families on Saturday, the Franklin School District had triggered a crisis intervention group.
“We have mentors available to any student who may need or want help with this loss,” he wrote. “We encourage you, as a parent, to also use our resources if you feel the need.”
Victoria Caravaggio, who said she was the girl’s uncle’s fiancé, said on one GoFundMe site created Saturday that the family lost “everything and anything that anyone could lose.”
She said, “She’s a pretty and playful girl, has a whole life to live, and is constantly surrounded by all her loving siblings and big family.”
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