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Deadly fire kills toddler and five-year-old boy

Two boys, aged two and five, are killed and at least 12 more people are injured in huge fire that swept through a home full of families

  • The fire at the multifamily home in Union City started shortly before 9am Friday 
  • It quickly consumed the home and damaged a neighboring house, sending flames and smoke high into the sky 
  • At least three of the injured are in critical condition and are being treated at nearby hospital 
  • The identities of the victims have not been released and the cause of the blaze is under investigation  

By Associated Press and Daniel Roth For Dailymail.com

Published: 18:30 EDT, 13 July 2018 | Updated: 19:23 EDT, 13 July 2018

A fast-moving New Jersey house fire has killed a two-year-old boy and a five-year-old girl and has injured at least a dozen other people, half of them firefighters.  

The fire at the multifamily home in Union City started shortly before 9am Friday.  

It quickly consumed the home and damaged a neighboring house, sending flames and smoke high into the sky. 

Fire officials stand outside of a house where two children were killed in a morning fire, Friday, July 13, 2018, in Union City, N.J
Fire officials stand outside of a house where two children were killed in a morning fire, Friday, July 13, 2018, in Union City, N.J

Fire officials stand outside of a house where two children were killed in a morning fire, Friday, July 13, 2018, in Union City, N.J

 It quickly consumed the home and damaged a neighboring house, sending flames and smoke high into the sky
 It quickly consumed the home and damaged a neighboring house, sending flames and smoke high into the sky

 It quickly consumed the home and damaged a neighboring house, sending flames and smoke high into the sky

At least three of the injured are in critical condition and are being treated at nearby hospital
At least three of the injured are in critical condition and are being treated at nearby hospital

At least three of the injured are in critical condition and are being treated at nearby hospital

The identities of the victims have not been released and the cause of the blaze is under investigation

At least three of the injured are in critical condition and are being treated at nearby hospital.

 Six firefighters are being treated for smoke inhalation or heat-related issues.

About 30 people were displaced by the fire and are receiving help from the American Red Cross
About 30 people were displaced by the fire and are receiving help from the American Red Cross

About 30 people were displaced by the fire and are receiving help from the American Red Cross

The identities of the victims have not been released, but authorities believe that those injured in the fire are not all from the same family, according to NBC 4 New York. 

The fire, which quickly escalated into a five-alarm blaze, was brought under control about 30 minutes after ripping through the New Jersey homes. 

Witnesses told NBC 4 that they saw injured children being carried out in stretchers. 

'They were all unconscious, one child's face was burned,' neighbor Eddei Miranda said. 

Eudes Hernandez, a friend of a family whose child died, said he desperately tried to help by running into the burning building and get everyone out but was forced to stop once the smoke became too intense.  

About 30 people were displaced by the fire and are receiving help from the American Red Cross. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

Authorities have asked residents to avoid 25th Street near Bergenline and New York avenues, NBC 4 News reported. 

Authorities have asked residents to avoid 25th Street near Bergenline and New York avenues, NBC 4 News reported
Authorities have asked residents to avoid 25th Street near Bergenline and New York avenues, NBC 4 News reported

Authorities have asked residents to avoid 25th Street near Bergenline and New York avenues, NBC 4 News reported

The fire, which quickly escalated into a five-alarm blaze, was brought under control about 30 minutes after ripping through the New Jersey homes
The fire, which quickly escalated into a five-alarm blaze, was brought under control about 30 minutes after ripping through the New Jersey homes

The fire, which quickly escalated into a five-alarm blaze, was brought under control about 30 minutes after ripping through the New Jersey homes

People stand at a street corner near a house where two children were killed in a morning fire
People stand at a street corner near a house where two children were killed in a morning fire

People stand at a street corner near a house where two children were killed in a morning fire

 

 

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