Elderly woman rescued from suspicious fire

October 21, 2009 9:08:01 PM PDT
Newark firefighters had their hands full with a couple of house fires this afternoon. Around 1:00 p.m., off-duty Newark firefighter Joseph Cuccolo, normally stationed at nearby Engine Co. 11, saw the fire at 20 9th Avenue and called it in to dispatch.

While he was waiting, he asked a neighbor if anyone was inside. She said there was an 80-year-old woman who usually stayed in the room in the back of the house.

Cuccolo went inside the burning building and found Adell Goods sitting in the chair in the living room.

The woman is very frail, and she had trouble getting up, according to authorities.

She was taken to hospital for observation.

Goods' family was back at the scene Wednesday night, looking for anything they could salvage, yet taking comfort in knowing she was saved from the fire that destroyed her home.

As she stays with relatives, Newark Fire Chief Michael Lalor and his investigators now turn their attention to a more ominous aspect of these fires.

The first fire started at 86 South 13th Street just minutes earlier. That fire spread to the building next door. No one was injured.

All three buildings in the two fires sustained significant damage.

Investigators said the fires are suspicious and classified as arson. They believe the fires may be linked.

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