Mother, son visiting from Georgia among 6 killed in Newark fire

NEWARK, N.J. (PIX11/AP) -A New Jersey woman visiting the scene of a deadly house fire in Newark says her grandson and his mother were among the six killed in the blaze.

Iris Sydney tells The Associated Press that her grandson was supposed to meet her Sunday for Father’s Day at the church his father attended before he died in an accident two years ago.

The woman says her 15-year-old grandson didn’t show up and when she returned home, an Essex County sheriff’s deputy was there and told her both he and his mother, Noreen Johnson, had died in the fire Sunday.

She says the two were visiting from Georgia and staying with Johnson’s family at the house when it caught fire.

The fire broke out in a three-story home around 4 a.m. at 818 South 15th St.

It quickly spread to another residence, and both homes were destroyed.

In the course of the search for survivors it was determined that six people had died.

Essex County Acting Prosecutor Carolyn Murray identified the victims as Salome Stewart, 58, and her husband Reginald Stewart, also 58, who both lived in the house.

Salome’s sister Natasha Kinsale, 47, who lived in the home was also killed.

The other three visiting family members killed were identified as 11-year-old Zion Forbes, 43-year-old Noreen Johnson and her son 15-year-old Stephan Sydney.

The cause of their deaths are pending autopsies by the Regional Medical Examiner.

Fire officials say they are still trying to figure out what sparked the deadly Father’s Day fire.


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