3 children dead, several injured in Union City, NJ house fire

Jason Gonzalez age 2          Mailyn Wood age 5 (Courtesy of Gonzalez/Wood Family)

UNION CITY, N.J. — Three children were killed when a fire ripped through two multi-family homes on 25th Street in Union City on Friday morning, according to Hudson County Prosecutor's Office.

A family liaison confirmed two of the victims as cousins Mailyn Wood, 5, and Jason Gonzalez, 2.

Officials said the third victim, a 7-year-old boy, died at the hospital hours later.

Four civilians remain hospitalized, including two children who remain in critical condition, a woman in critical condition and a man in stable condition.

The first call came in at 8:54 a.m. When emergency crews arrived, the building was already fully engulfed "from the basement to the eaves," per the fire chief.

An eyewitness captured video of firefighters removing 2 unconscious children from the blaze and rushing them to ambulances nearby.

"They were unconscious, they were pale. And one of them looked like their face was burned," said the eyewitness, Eddie Miranda.

Miranda also said he saw a woman pulled from the home.

PIX11 was on scene as multiple firefighters were treated for the exposure to excessive heat and smoke. EMTs administered oxygen and some were taken away on stretchers.

The fire was under control as of 11:15 a.m., more than two hours after firefighters arrived.

A preliminary investigation determined the fire started at 416 25th St. The building next door also sustained damage from the fire.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.