Investigators Determine Fatal Woodbridge Fire Was Intentionally Set

WOODBRIDGE – Investigators determined that yesterday’s fatal fire at a house in the Menlo Park Terrace section of Woodbridge was intentionally set by a township man who was killed in the blaze, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and Director Robert Hubner of the Woodbridge Police Department announced.

Authorities identified Robert Nass, 56, of Jefferson Street as a victim in the fire that he intentionally set in the basement of the house on Jan. 19.

An autopsy performed by the Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office determined that he died from smoke inhalation.

A firefighter, Bruce Turcotte, 58, also died after he arrived at the scene of the blaze. An autopsy determined he died of natural causes.

Authorities said that the investigation is continuing and asked anyone with information to call Investigator Todd O’Malley of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at 1-732-745-3300, or the Woodbridge Police Department at 1-732-634-7700.

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