EAST ORANGE, N.J. (PIX11) -- Five members of one family were killed after a blaze in East Orange ripped through three homes, East Orange Fire officials said.
Among the five dead, 79-year-old Alice Horton, Ronnie Horton, 63, Randy Horton, 56, Breiona Love, 20 and Lanore Carter-Love, just six weeks old.
"There was a lot of fire when we arrived and due to the strong winds, the fire spread faster," Deputy Chief Christopher Weiss, East Orange Fire Department told PIX11.
It took eighty firefighters more than three hours to bring this three alarm fire under control after it broke out at 6 AM in a woodframe home that was built in the late 1880s.
Flames quickly spread to two other homes just a few feet apart, one woman was rescued from an upper floor.
"I saw a woman waiting to be rescued on the second floor," Navarn Beaufort told PIX11. "She got out, the Other family. So sad."
With the Red Cross on the scene to provide temporary shelter to two families who lost so much in this fire, Neighbors worried about how they will manage, especially with the holidays so near.
This neighborhood will not get over this and I will never forget it," Beaufort said.