Newark house fire kills 6

Officials are still investigating the cause of the fire that burned through a single family home in New Jersey on Sunday.
By Kate Stanton Follow @KateStan Contact the Author   |   June 15, 2014 at 5:07 PM

NEWARK, N.J., June 15 (UPI) -- Six people died when a fire ripped through a two-story house in Newark, N.J., early Sunday morning.

The three-alarm fire started at around 4 a.m. in a single-family home near the corner of Madison Avenue and South 15th Street. Flames also spread to a house next door.

"Right now, we're investigating how the fire started," Anthony Ambrose, of the Essex County prosecutor's office, told The Star-Ledger. Officials don't suspect foul play.

Though authorities have yet to release the names of the dead, it's believed that at least several were related.

Local Pastor James Johnson told NBC New York that a husband and wife lived at the house with their grandchildren.

He described them as "a very sweet family. ... They all loved the Lord."

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