Investigators spent the day at the scene of a fatal fire at Pick's Place in Morristown. Meanwhile, residents spent the day thinking about the woman who died inside her long-time business.
84-year-old Sophie Brewster is being remembered today as a business owner, and a character. They say she ran Pick's for at least 55 years, with a no-nonsense attitude, an iron hand and sometimes a wooden ball bat.
"You didn't use no foul language or start a fight. If she knew, you'd be out that front door. She had no tolerance for bad behavior," said family friend Mary Ann Lucas.
At age 84, she was still working, and Pick's was still known as a place to quench your thirst, listen to live music and also to get a good lunch.
"Thursdays were pork chop Thursdays. Everybody said, Going to Pick's? It's Thursday. You know there's good pork chops there," Lucas said.
They say she had a tough exterior but a warm heart. "The family had to come to Pick's to see her on holidays 'cause she wanted to make sure that the doors were open in case anybody else didn't have someplace to go, they could come to Pick's," said Candace Fleagane.
Today the property is closed off with crime scene tape and investigators from the state fire marshal's office are on the scene, talking to witnesses and examining what's left. They say Sophie lived in the back of the bar. Firefighters say the flames and heat were too intense to get inside to save her.