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5 killed, including 3 kids, in Newark, NJ, fire

Friday - 7/20/2012, 6:56pm  ET

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A fast-moving New Jersey apartment house fire that began in a vacant building next door has killed five people, including three young children.

Fire officials say those killed Friday lived in two third-floor apartments in Newark's Vailsburg neighborhood.

A 3-year-old girl and her 4-year-old brother died in a back apartment. Their mother and father escaped the blaze with two other children. A father and his 6-year-old daughter and teenage son died in the other apartment.

The fire started just before 2 a.m. and quickly escalated, damaging four other buildings. The cause is under investigation.

Mayor Cory Booker says the deaths are a tragedy for everyone in the state's largest city.


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