6 Dead in Newark House Fire

The blaze, which started at around 4 a.m. Sunday, overtook the structure on the corner of Madison Avenue and South 15th Street

Sunday, Jun 15, 2014  |  Updated 12:02 PM EDT
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6 Dead in Newark House Fire

Six people died in an early-morning blaze at this Newark home. Officials are investigating the origin and cause of the fire.

Six people are dead after a fire ripped through a single-family home in Newark early Sunday, officials said.

Tom Kennelly, with the Essex County Prosecutor's Office, confirmed the deaths late Sunday morning. Officials have not yet released the names of the people who were killed. It appeared some of them are related, Kennelly said. 

Firefighters were still combing through the blackened wreckage Sunday morning as neighbors expressed their concern about the mother and father who lived in the home and took care of their adult daughter.

"If you ever needed something, like she would give it to you," neighbor Brion Cameron said of the household matriarch.

Earlier, a relative collapsed at the scene.

Pastor James Johnson said the residents of the house were "a very sweet family. ... They all loved the Lord."

The husband and wife who lived there had two grandchildren, he said.

The blaze, which started at around 4 a.m. Sunday, overtook the home on the corner of Madison Avenue and South 15th Street. Officials are investigating the origin and cause of the fire. 

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