Elderly woman killed in Manchester fire identified

MANCHESTER TOWNSHIP, NJ – The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office has identified the elderly woman killed during last weekend’s fire at a home on Heron Street in Manchester.

Katarina Seboova, 73, an occupant of the residence, was identified by Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer as a result of a post-mortem examination.

“The examination concluded that Ms. Seboova’s cause of death was asphyxia due to smoke inhalation and her manner of death is accidental,” Billhimer said.

According to police, on Sunday, at approximately 6:50 p.m., first responders were dispatched to a reported structure fire on Heron Street. 

“First Responders were able to rescue a female victim from the fire,” police reported. “The victim was transported to Community Medical Center in Toms River, and is currently listed in critical but stable condition.  During the primary search of the residence, Ms. Seboova’s body was discovered.”

An investigation by the Ocean County Fire Marshal determined that the fire originated in a garbage can at the northwest corner of a patio, and the cause of the fire was deemed to be accidental due to discarded smoking material.

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