NJ mom Jackie Montanaro dies trying to save daughter from fire

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NJ mom Jackie Montanaro dies trying to save daughter from fire

A New Jersey mother died after rushing back into her burning home in an attempt Saturday to save her 6-year-old daughter’s life.

Both Jackie Montanaro, 40, and 6-year-old Madelyn were killed by the flames that encompassed their Hazlet home as the family slept around 12:30 a.m., WABC reported.

William Montanaro, his wife Jackie, and their daughter Elena, 8, were all able to escape their burning home, but 6-year-old Madelyn was nowhere to be seen.

Both William and Jackie rushed back into the home in an attempt to save her, but neither Jackie nor Madelyn made it out alive.

William said that Jackie, who worked as a Customs and Border Protection officer, was a “hero,” according to a statement obtained by WABC.

“When I rushed back into the house for Madelyn I became enveloped with a massive amount of thick, hot black smoke. Without hesitation, Jackie then charged in with a mother’s love and the courage of a police officer fueling her attempt to save our daughter,” the grieving father said.

L-R: Madelyn, Duchess, William, Elena, Jackie
Both Jackie, the matriarch of the family, and 6-year-old Madelyn were killed in the fire.

A mother has died after rushing back into her burning home in an attempt to rescue her 6-year-old daughter stuck inside who also ended up dying in the fire.
Jackie died while trying to save her younger daughter from the fire.


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L-R: Elena, Madelyn
The eldest daughter, Elena, survived the fire and was able to escape.

A mother has died after rushing back into her burning home in an attempt to rescue her 6-year-old daughter stuck inside who also ended up dying in the fire.
The parents rushed back into the burning home to save Madelyn.


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The family’s dog, a Goldendoodle named Duchess, also died in the tragedy.

“I am heartbroken. I have lost the love of my life – my beautiful wife, Jackie – and my sweet, loving, spunky little girl, Madelyn,” his statement read. “We are extremely devastated Duchess is no longer with us, but we must remember she is now at rest alongside Jackie and Madelyn.”

Hazlet Deputy Mayor Peter Terranova said that the township, located about an hour outside of New York City, has come together in support of the family following the tragedy.

L-R: Jackie, Elena, William, Madelyn
William said he’s heartbroken from the tragedy.

A mother has died after rushing back into her burning home in an attempt to rescue her 6-year-old daughter stuck inside who also ended up dying in the fire.
The deputy mayor of the New Jersey town said the community has come together in support of the family.


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A mother has died after rushing back into her burning home in an attempt to rescue her 6-year-old daughter stuck inside who also ended up dying in the fire.
The incident occurred in Hazlet, which is about an hour out from New York City.

A mother has died after rushing back into her burning home in an attempt to rescue her 6-year-old daughter stuck inside who also ended up dying in the fire.
Flames encompassed the home 12:30 a.m. when the family was sleeping.


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“This township is like a family and when a neighbor is hurting, a family member is hurting,” Terranova said.

According to Terranova, the family was “very popular in town” and “very helpful, [a] very community-knit family and we are all grieving. It is a tremendous loss.”

The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office said the fire does not appear to be suspicious in nature, though the cause of the blaze has not yet been determined.

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