Newark Family Devastated After Child Killed In House Fire

Investigators said the 7-year-old boy’s father and firefighters tried to save him, but they couldn’t reach him in time. Natalie Duddridge from CBS2 reports.

Video transcript

– – Now to Newark, where a family is devastated after a seven year old boy was killed in a house fire.

– – Investigators say his father and firefighters tried to save him but were unable to get in touch with him in time. Natalie Duddridge from CBS 2 has more.

– – Oh my God.

NATALIE DUDDRIDGE: The cell phone video shows flames and smoke engulfing a house on Astor Street on Pennsylvania Avenue at 5:00 a.m. this morning. Gaby Carvalho lives next door and recorded this video after waking up to the sounds of people screaming for help.

GABY CARVALHO: I heard. A man who says out, out, out, out. And the woman said: I can’t, I can’t. And I’ve been listening. Children scream. And people are screaming.

– – We had no idea how it started. We only heard people screaming.

NATALIE DUDDRIDGE: Police say the boy’s parents and siblings fled, but the seven-year-old was trapped on the third floor. His father tried to rise to save him.

– – He came up his back. So he tried to climb onto the roof and come out of my window, probably to get his son upstairs. But I think he couldn’t.

NATALIE DUDDRIDGE: When the firefighters found the child, it was too late.

JOSEPH MORRIS: When you lose someone, it hurts a lot. I know the father is completely confused.

NATALIE DUDDRIDGE: According to the police, two adults and three other children were taken to the university hospital for treatment. A deli owner says the family moved into the neighborhood a few months ago.

ELSIDO FRIAS: I’m really sad that we’re hearing this because of this family that I know. He comes here five or six times a day.

NATALIE DUDDRIDGE: The fire spread to these two adjoining houses as well. A total of three families were affected and were moved to temporary accommodation. The cause is still being investigated. In Newark, New Jersey. Natalie Duddridge, CBS 2 News.

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