Fourth child dies after house fire in Union City, NJ: officials

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UNION CITY, N.J. — A fourth child has died after a fire ripped through a Union City home last week, the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office said Monday.

A 13-year-old boy died from injuries he suffered during the July 13 fire that broke out at a home on 25th Street, according to a tweet from the Prosecutor's Office. The fire took more than two hours to get under control.

The teen is the fourth child to die as a result of the blaze. The other victims include Mailyn Wood, 5, Jason Gonzalez, 2, and an unidentified 7-year-old boy who died at the hospital hours after the fire.

Another child from the same family remained in critical condition Monday at a hospital in Philadelphia.

No funeral arrangements have been set yet. Fundraisers have been established, including a GoFundMe and a victims' fund organized by the city.

Checks or money orders can be made payable to:

  • Union City Fire Victims' Fund, City of Union City, Office of Mayor Brian P. Stack
  • 3715 Palisade Ave., 3rd Floor
  • Union City, N.J., 07087

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.

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