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Newark fire kills 6

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A fast-moving fire ripped through a single-family home in New Jersey's largest city early Sunday, killing six people, authorities said.

The blaze broke out at the three-story residence at around 4 a.m. in Newark, the Essex County Prosecutor's office said. The fire soon spread to another residence, and both homes were destroyed.

The fire doesn't appear to be suspicious, but the cause remains under investigation, said Thomas Fennelly, chief assistant prosecutor. Everyone in the second home managed to escape safely, he said.

Some of the victims were likely related, authorities said.

6 Family Members Killed in Father's Day Fire

All that remained of the home Sunday afternoon was the charred frame, with piles of blackened, twisted furniture and belongings spilling out of the empty sills that once held windows. The white fence around the front of the property was still intact.

Carol Valentine sorted through smoke-damaged photographs and photo albums with charred pages on the sidewalk in front of her fiance's home, which is next door to the residence where the fire started. Her fiance had been out of town and returned early Sunday to his home, which was already ablaze.

"He'd been delayed on planes for two days. He had gone to a graduation," she said. "Had he not been delayed, he would have been sleeping, and he probably wouldn't be alive."

She said she didn't know much about the neighbors.

A small storefront church called Tree of Life Ministries, on the other side of the home where six died, appeared undamaged. Neighbors gathered outside the home - many in their Sunday church clothes - shaking their heads at the loss of so many lives.

The Rev. Thomas Ellis lives in the neighborhood and stopped by to offer his support.

"For the city of Newark, this is a sad and tragic day," he said. "The community is hurting."

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seabasskj June 16 2014 at 1:52 PM

Doesn't sound as though there are any survivors with injuries. Being severely burned in a fire and barely managing to stay alive, possibly to die days later, in my opinion, is perhaps worse than dying in the blaze. So sad to hear the news, prayers for those families involved.

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topspin360 seabasskj June 16 2014 at 2:50 PM

The smoke and fumes usually kill people before the flames hit them. There are so many things that become highly toxic when they combust.

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seabasskj topspin360 June 16 2014 at 3:36 PM

Sometimes. I'm familiar with burn victims. When you have someone in the hospital with both lung damage and outside burn damage, it's a very hard balancing act to treat both things. To start skin drafts, they need to put you under, but with the body in an already weakened state, there are all sorts of complications that can arise from them being put under. It's one of the worse injuries to have. Also, fire victims are quite susceptible to bacterial infections and viruses. It's almost a given that at some point they will contract pneumonia. God bless the doctors and nurses that treat burn victims, they have a hard job.

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Mike June 16 2014 at 3:21 PM

Did the church need parking?

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GARY110252 Mike June 16 2014 at 3:51 PM

No. But churches need fools like you to go to church!

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latinguytony Mike June 16 2014 at 5:15 PM

What a 'vile' remark in light of this tragedy that likely KILLED children. May you never suffer such a fate you moron !

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KayleeJadeJackson June 16 2014 at 2:02 PM

Very Very Sad, My heartfelt sympathy goes out to family members and friends of those lost to this fire.

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jayjay_jones1 June 16 2014 at 2:11 PM

I am very sorry for the loss of these people. But, all of Newark New Jersey should be burned to the ground and re-built. What a nasty, nasty city.

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botcheditagain000 June 16 2014 at 3:25 PM

God must have been pissed at those people...

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botcheditagain000 June 16 2014 at 2:20 PM

These things usually happen for the best. It doesn't appear that they had much anyway.

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kimcrdr June 16 2014 at 5:32 PM

I take the house had no fire alarms/detectors, very sad, may they all RIP!!

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diamondstocars June 16 2014 at 6:03 PM

Condolences to the families and friends of those that lost their lives. Such an awful, awful tragedy.

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ivanpattie June 16 2014 at 5:22 PM

Oh how terrible.May they all R.I.P.Praying for all and the community and there terrible loss.

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botcheditagain000 June 16 2014 at 5:10 PM

No big loss...it wasn't a very nice house.

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