Community devastated after 7-year-old boy died in Newark house fire: ‘It really hurts’

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NEWARK, NJ (TBEN) – A 7-year-old boy was killed in a house fire early in the morning Thursday in Newark.

Flames erupted around 5 a.m. inside a three-story house on Astor Place near Pennsylvania Avenue.

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TBEN’s Natalie Duddridge spoke to Gabi Carvalho, who lives next door, and said she woke up to the sound of people crying for help.

“I was sleeping and I [heard] a man who says: “Get out, get out, get out!” “she says. “And a woman – I don’t know if it was a woman, because I was so nervous – and a woman said, ‘I can’t, I can’t!’… The children are screaming, people are screaming. .

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Police said the little boy was trapped on the third floor. His father escaped from the house and tried to climb on the roof to save his son, but could not reach him.

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“He went up to the back. He tried to climb up to the roof and get out of my window to probably look for his son from the top, but I guess he couldn’t, ”said resident Massad Scrand.

The Essex County District Attorney’s Office said the child, whose name was not released, had been found by firefighters but it was too late.

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“When you lose someone, it hurts a lot,” said neighbor Joseph Morris. “I know the father was all messed up.”

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Authorities said two adults and three other children were taken to the university hospital for treatment.

A man who owns a grocery store across the street said the family had just moved to the neighborhood a few months ago.

“I’m really sad, this family, I know. They come here five, six times a day, ”said Elsido Frias.

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“It will take a while for them to get out of this. They will need a lot of help, ”Morris added.

The fire also spread to two neighboring houses. In total, three families were transferred to temporary accommodation.

“We have no idea how it started. All we heard was the people screaming, ”said resident Andre Hepburn.

In the midst of the pain, there was a bright spot. A cat that the residents thought was gone eventually showed up.

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The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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