JERSEY CITY, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Friends and relatives remembered four family members who died in a fire in Jersey City as “beautiful people.”
Mourners paid their respects at the Mount Olive Baptist Church Friday to 81-year-old Rev. Bishop William Pickett, his wife, 81-year-old Eula Mae, and their two adult sons, 55-year-old Thomas and 51-year-old Curtis.
“They were awesome people,” said family friend Teresa Speaks. “They were God-fearing people, helped the community out a lot.”
The fire last week tore through five houses on Grant Avenue and displaced at least 30 people.
Officials said it took firefighters 7 to 8 minutes to get to the scene instead of the usual 3 to 4 minutes because a dispatcher misunderstood a caller and firefighters went to Grand Street instead.
William Pickett ran a church in the basement of their home that he and his wife shared with their two sons. Relatives say both had special needs.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Jersey City’s mayor has proposed changing the name of Grant Avenue to avoid further confusion.
In the meantime, the Pickett family is focusing on the memory of their loved ones as they say their final goodbyes to the couple they say built a legacy of giving.
Check Out These Other Stories From CBSNewYork.com:
- 1 Dead, 3 Wounded In Shooting During Concert At Irving Plaza
- Seen At 11: Companies Haggling To Get Consumers Discounts On Monthly Bills
- Seen At 11: The Elite Unit That Protects The Site Of World Trade Center
- Swimmer Dies After Going Underwater Offshore From Rockaways
(TM and © Copyright 2014 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2014 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)