Firefighters remained at the scene of an Old Bridge house fire today where one person was killed.
The fire in the home at 319 Sunset Avenue, on the west side of the township, was first reported about 9 a.m.
Neighbors said Flora Ng, a woman in her 50s, had lived alone in the house, and they believe she died in the fire.
"Unfortunately we do have a fatality," said Old Bridge Mayor Owen Henry. He would not confirm whether it was Ng.
Tracey Paul, who loves next door to Ng, said she was on her front lawn when Ng's brother came running up from his house a few blocks away trying to get to the burning home.
"He was in shock saying 'my sister's in there, my sister's in there,'" Paul said.
Firefighters and police led the brother to a police cruiser where he remained as firefighters extinguished the blaze and investigators went through the two-story Cape Cod style house.
Camille Randello, Ng's real estate agent, said the house was put up for sale within the last few days.
"I was just in there yesterday taking pictures of the house," Randello said. She said Ng kept the house very neat, and described her as "wonderful, a very sweet lady."
Kathy Guido, who lives about a block from the fire said she saw thick smoke that spread from Ng's house and around Paul's house next door.
"Both houses were just fully engulfed in smoke," Guido said. "I couldn't tell which one was on fire."
Authorities have not released any details about the fire.
Neighbors said Ng's mother had lived in the house until she died several months ago.