NEWARK, N.J. — Prosecutors in New Jersey have released the names of three children and a teenager killed along with an adult in a fast-moving apartment fire in Newark.
But the cause of the Friday blaze remained under investigation Saturday night.
Two siblings — 2-year-old Javena Joseph and 3-year-old Javens Joseph — were found dead in a third-floor apartment. Their parents and two other children were able to escape.
The man, 44-year-old Shelton Freeman, was found in another third-floor apartment, along with 5-year-old Angela Williams and 17-year-old Nazir Blackstone.
Essex County prosecutors say all five victims appear to have died of smoke inhalation.
Fire officials say the blaze started around 1:40 a.m. in a vacant house and quickly spread next door. Four other buildings were damaged. About 15 people were displaced.
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