The blaze broke out around 4 a.m. EDT (0800 GMT), gutting the
home and spreading to a house next door which was also damaged,
according to the Newark Fire Department.
Once the blaze was extinguished, crews found six people dead
inside the home, said Anthony Ambrose, chief of detectives at
the Essex County Prosecutor's Office.
The prosecutor's office identified those killed as Salome
Stewart, 58; her husband Reginald Stewart, 58; and Salome
Stewart's sister Natasha Kinsale, 47. They all lived in the
Also killed were visiting family members Zion Forbes, 11, of
East Orange, New Jersey; Noreen Johnson, 43, of Crawford,
Georgia; and her son Stephon Sydney, 15, also of Crawford, the
prosecutor's office said in a statement.
The cause of death are pending autopsies. The cause of the fire
is under investigation, it said.
(Reporting by Victoria Cavaliere; Editing by Robin Pomeroy,
Stephen Powell and Chris Reese)
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