NEWARK, NJ – A 7-year-old boy died in a house fire in Newark Thursday morning despite his father trying to get back inside the house and rescue him.
According to the Newark Department of Public Safety, firefighters responded to a fire in a three-story house at 65 Astor Street around 4:50 a.m.
Authorities said the deceased child’s father escaped through the front door. He then attempted to re-enter the property through the roof of an adjacent house at 67 Astor Street. Firefighters saved him with a floor ladder.
Firemen found the boy’s body on the third floor of the house, authorities said.
The fire spread to two nearby homes at 63 and 67 Astor Streets before being brought under control at 5:15 a.m.
The building where the fire started, 65 Astor Street, was occupied by two adults and three children. Rescue workers transported them to the university hospital for treatment.
The property at 63 Astor Street suffered minor fire damage from the adjacent wall, according to the authorities.
Three families are affected by the flame; According to authorities, three adults and four children were relocated.
The Essex County Attorney’s Office is investigating the cause and origin of the fire. No additional information was immediately available.
A family member started an online fundraiser for the grieving family. what can be seen here.
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“Today there was an unexpected fire at my niece and her significant other’s house in Newark, which left her and her children with absolutely NOTHING … they lost everything. Material items can be replaced, but 7 year old Saahir has that fire I ask for a donation to help their family with food, clothing and funeral expenses. All donations are valued and no donation is too small. Thank you all in advance and ask you to keep my family in prayer. “
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