Police have identified the woman who died in a house fire at a new development in Bristol last Thursday.
Firefighters responded to a ranch-style home at 105 Pequabuck St. Just before 9:20 a.M. On Feb. 22 on a two-alarm structure fire and found heavy smoke showing, according to Richard Hart, chief of the Bristol Fire Department. Crews also received reports that someone was inside the house, Hart said.
The first companies on the scene entered the home and encountered a “large body of fire,” according to Hart. They found a woman, identified Monday as 65-year-old Elizabeth Perera, in the kitchen area and pulled her out of the home before rendering her first aid, Hart said. No other people were in the home.
When medics arrived they pronounced Perera dead at the scene, according to Hart. The cause of death is pending an autopsy, Hart said Monday.
A dog was also killed in the fire, according to Hart.
Hart said crews were able to get the fire under control in about 20 minutes. The blaze was “90% interior” and extended a bit to the porch, he said.
The house sustained a “severe amount of damage,” according to Hart.
According to property records, the home was built in 2021 and was part of a development about a mile away from the Terryville town line.
The cause and origin of the fire are still under investigation by the Bristol Fire Marshal, Hart said Monday.
Information from Courant reporter Justin Muszynski was used in this story.
SHAWANO COUNTY (WLUK) -- More than two weeks after suffering multiple gunshot wounds to the face, a dog in Shawano County is making progress in her healing journey.
In a series of Facebook posts throughout the past week, the Shawano County Humane Society has provided positive updates regarding Atley's recovery. She is home with her foster family, her feeding tube has been removed and she is able to eat on her own.
Saturday's post from SCHS said Atley is "feeling better every day."
On Feb. 9, the dog was discovered near Olsen Road and County C.
"Spread the word [and] help me find the person who shot this poor girl and just left her on my road," Facebook user Allena Muth wrote, accompanied by pictures of Atley bleeding from her snout. "You didn't kill her just so you know, went in her nose and out her neck."
Muth later said X-rays showed Atley suffered a broken jaw and four entry/exit wounds, indicating she had been shot at least two times, according to a veterinarian. Atley spent time at Blue Pearl Animal Hospital in Appleton, where she received several blood transfusions and underwent surgery to repair her broken jaw.
The Shawano County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident. In a statement Feb. 20, authorities said they have developed some leads and asked the public to remain patient.
We understand there is a great deal of frustration, and anger about this case, but we can assure everyone that our office is working on this case. There were no witnesses to this, which makes it a difficult case in its entirety. Fortunately, we have received some information from neighbors, as well as information called into the sheriff’s office. The deputy who is investigating this matter has developed leads, that we hope will further the investigation and find out who is responsible for this horrific incident.
If you'd like to support Atley's treatment, which is estimated to cost several thousand dollars, you can make a monetary donation to the Shawano County Humane Society in the form of your choosing:
Paramus is loosening the leash on dog owners.
The borough is revising its limit on the number of dogs allowed per household, after officials discovered what they now consider an "outdated" ordinance.
The ordinance was brought to the attention of the mayor and council at a meeting this month by the Paramus Health Department. Current rules allow a household to own no more than two dogs over the age of 3 months. The plan is to raise that to three.
Mayor Chris DiPiazza said he hadn't even known the limit was on the books.
Dakota basked in the sun at the dog park in Van Saun County Park in Paramus in 2018, while Maya took a break in the shade. The borough is revising its limit on dog ownership in town.
“It’s such an outdated ordinance, and we kind of laughed when the borough administrator brought it up,” he said in an interview.
Why have a limit at all? DiPiazza said the borough wants to prevent homeowners from amassing a large number of dogs and disturbing neighbors. Other towns have adopted similar rules to avoid illegal boarding or breeding operations.
The borough decided three dogs would be a good threshold to strike the balance.
Municipal Administrator Hector Olmo said the borough attorney will draft a replacement ordinance to be introduced at an upcoming council meeting.
The ordinance specifies a 3-month age limit, he said, to account for puppies, so pet owners have time to arrange adoptions for the newborns.
It's unclear how long the dog limit has been in effect, but Olmo estimated it's been a while.
Stephanie Noda is a local reporter for NorthJersey.Com. For unlimited access to the most important news from your local community, please subscribe or activate your digital account today.
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