A large fire in a townhouse on Astor Street in Newark, New Jersey that killed a 7-year-old boy on Thursday, April 8, 2021; After the deadly fire. (Citizen App / Essex County Prosecutor’s Office)

NEWARK, NJ – Newark officials released the name of a 7-year-old boy who was killed in a fire Thursday.

Newark firefighters fighting the fire discovered the body of Sahir Hartfield, 7, on the third floor, according to Essex County prosecutors. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Three other children aged 1, 5 and 11 fled with two adults.

The fire department received the call for the fire in a three-story townhouse on Astor Street near the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue at about 4:50 a.m.

Firefighters arrived on site and found the boy’s father, who originally fled the front door of the house, on the roof of the adjoining house to come back in to rescue his son.

Unfortunately unsuccessful in his efforts, firefighters had to get the father down from the roof.

Authorities said the fire also spread to two neighboring apartment buildings, at least one of which suffered minor fire damage from an adjacent wall. Families in the neighboring houses barely made it in time, they spent the day packing their remains in bags. Most of them are now in temporary accommodation.

According to official information, the fire was considered under control until 5:15 a.m.

Firemen returned home late Thursday afternoon to clear hotspots. With the fire out now, the church is still in shock.

The cause of the fire was further investigated on Friday.

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