Sad news: the Asbury Park Press is reporting that Debra Yuhasz, the Sea Bright woman badly injured in a fire that destroyed much of the Fountains condo complex on Feb. 5, has died.


She was 47 years old and had been hospitalized in critical condition at St. Barnabas Medical Center’s burn unit in Livingston since the blaze. Citing a hospital spokeswoman as the source, the Press says she died around 7:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Yuhasz had been pulled off her balcony by firefighters in a dramatic rescue after having been seen on fire herself.

From the story:

All of those emergency workers were very upset when they learned that she died, said Police Chief William S. Moore.

But their rescue still gave Yuhasz’s family the chance to be at her bedside in the
hospital, he said.

“Her family got to be with her,” he said. “That’s going to mean a lot to the family, I’m sure… .What they’ve done is still heroic. They’ve given the family time to be with their daughter.”

The cause of the blaze, which apparently started in Yuhasz’ second-floor unit, has not been determined, but it is not considered suspicious.

Firefighters battled wind and icy in frigid temperatures to quell the pre-dawn blaze, which destroyed some 16 living units.

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