A 49-year-old married mother of two was killed in an early afternoon fire on March 27, which also destroyed the family home and claimed the lives of two dogs.
An estimated 60 firefighters from seven companies fought the blaze or were on standby to assist. State police spokesman Steven Nevel told reporters that Theresa Korzeniecki had already died by the time she was discovered in what was left of her Crescent Avenue home. The fire, which appears to have been electrical in nature and started in the wall behind the refrigerator, has not been deemed suspicious.
Korzeniecki is survived by her husband Brian and their two children, Brian and Marissa, both high school students in Highland. Community members have rallied to provide the grieving family members with clothing and household items to replace what was lost, as well as financial support; a crowdfunding campaign with a goal of $5,000 had raised nearly overy $35,000 as of today. The campaign was started by high school teacher Josh Tatum.