Official: 7-year-old boy killed as large fire engulfs 3-story home, spreads to others in Newark
Newark Public Safety Director
Brian A. O’Hara has confirmed that firefighters have located the body of a 7-year-old boy on the third floor of a building during an early morning fire.
The fire started around 4:50 a.m.
at the three-story residence at 65 Astor St.
According to officials, the
child’s father escaped the home through the front door and attempted to
re-enter via the roof of 67 Astor St. He was removed from the roof by
firefighters via ground ladder.
The fire extended to two adjacent
residences at 63 and 67 Astor St.
“I heard a small little explosion, and it was unusual because it
was unlike any explosion I’ve
encountered,” says neighbor Andre
Heeburn. “So, I looked out the window and
I noticed there was smoke coming out of the window.”
The building at 65 Astor
St. was occupied by two adults and three children who were transported to
University Hospital for treatment. The home at 63 Astor St. experienced minor
fire damage through the adjoining wall.
Officials say three families have
been affected, with three adults and four children being relocated.
The cause of the fire is unknown
at this time.