NEWARK, N.J. — A young boy is dead after a fast-moving fire ripped through a Newark home early Thursday morning, according to local officials.
The deadly blaze broke out just before 5 a.m. in a three-story townhouse on Astor Street, near the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue in the New Jersey city.
Newark firefighters battling the fire discovered the body of a 7-year-old boy on the third floor, according to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.
Firefighters arrived on the scene to find the boy’s father, who initially fled out the home’s front door, on the roof of the adjoining house trying to get back inside to rescue his son, officials said.
Sadly unsuccessful in his efforts, firefighters had to get the father down from the roof.
Authorities said two adults and three other children were also hurt and are being treated at a hospital.
Large flames could be seen shooting from the roof and front of the house in video from the Citizen App.
Authorities said the fire also extended to two adjacent residences, at least one of which experienced minor fire damage through an adjoining wall. Families in the neighboring homes barely made it out in time, they spent the day putting their what was left of their belongings into bags. Most of them are now in temporary housing.
The fire was considered under control by 5:15 a.m., according to officials.
Late Thursday afternoon, fire crews returned to the home to put out hotspots. While the fire is now out, the community is still in shock.
The cause and origin of the blaze were under investigation Thursday morning, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office said.