Woman Dies After Allegedly Setting House on Fire Following An Eviction Battle, Police Say

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A New Jersey woman is dead after she intentionally set her residence on fire following an eviction notice battle, CBS News reported. 

Police say the house went up in flames at around 11 a.m. in the town of Roosevelt, where a female tenant was presented with an eviction notice. The landlord who served the eviction was reportedly trying to sell the home but the woman refused to leave and made multiple threats to blow it up.

Troopers arrived on the scene and began evacuating residents in the neighborhood. Shortly after the home was ablaze. New Jersey State Police confirmed that the woman died in the home, which she occupied with her several cats. Animal control searched for any missing cats but none were found. 

The fire, which was reportedly caused by gas ignited, spread to an attached unit.

“I have no house now,”

neighbor Emma Quackenbush, who lived in the unit for 22 years, told CBS News.

“It’s still standing but it’s not livable.”

An investigation is still underway. 

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