Debra Marini Obituary, Death – In a devastating house fire on December 13 at 99 West River St., the state Department of Fire Services has identified the victim as 65-year-old Debra Marini. The fire, reported shortly before midnight, resulted in Marini and another resident being hospitalized. Unfortunately, Debra Marini succumbed to her injuries on December 14, while the other resident remains hospitalized but is expected to survive.
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The home, ravaged by the fire, has been declared a total loss, displacing two other residents. Despite valiant efforts by the firefighters, several dogs perished in the blaze, adding to the tragedy. Wood stoves were reportedly used for heating in the residence, but authorities do not suspect any foul play. The exact cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the Orange Fire Department and State Police assigned to the state Fire Marshal’s Office.
In response to this tragedy, a GoFundMe fundraiser has been initiated to support the residents of the West River Street home, with a fundraising goal of $75,000. The community has rallied, contributing over $57,000 to date, showcasing the collective compassion and support for those affected by the fire. The fundraiser can be accessed at gofund.me/a52307d7. The incident prompted an extensive emergency response, with mutual aid requested from nearby fire departments.
Orange Fire Chief James Young, acknowledging the gravity of the situation, ordered additional resources to the scene due to the cold weather, heavy fire, and extended operations. Reflecting on the tragic loss, Chief Young expressed condolences, stating, “This is a very sad day for the victim’s loved ones and the community. On behalf of the Orange Fire Department, I want to express our heartfelt condolences on this terrible loss of a loved one and a family home.” As the investigation continues, the community is left mourning the loss of Debra Marini and rallying behind the displaced residents, underscoring the resilience and compassion that defines a community in times of tragedy.