Five Dead in New Jersey House Fire
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) _ Five people, including three children, were killed today when a fire believed caused by an illegal kerosene heater swept through a house occupied by three families, a fire official said.
Two other children suffered minor injuries and were being treated at University Hospital in Newark.
Police reported an explosion at the multiple-story home just before 3 a.m., said Stanley J. Kossup, Newark fire director. He said a kerosene heater was believed to have touched off the blaze.
″The house was pretty much destroyed. It burned right through the roof,″ Kossup said.
The dead were identified as: Eddie Little, 73; Sandra Orr, 30; Rico Orr, 5; Alton Barcliff, 3; and Dena Steanatlis, 2. They were declared dead at the scene.
Little’s body was found on the first floor, near a kerosene heater, where the most damage occurred and where it’s believed the fire originated, Kossup said.
Ms. Orr and the three children were found on the third floor.