ORANGE, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A house fire has claimed the lives of two young children in Orange, New Jersey.
There’s not much left of the three-story home at 191 Central Pl. where the blaze broke out around 8:45 p.m. Friday.
Neighbors told CBS2’s Ilana Gold the children — 1-year-old Zion Tony and his 6-year-old sister Jayda McEachin — were stuck on the third floor when the home became engulfed in flames.
“They didn’t have a chance at life, and that’s the sad part,” said one neighbor.
Seven others, including the children’s distraught mother, managed to escape the fire safely, WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported.
Witnesses say the children’s mother had just left for the bus station to visit relatives.
“They called her at the bus station and she came back, she freaked out,” one witness told CBS2’s Steve Langford.
The mother of the children had to be rushed to the hospital with burn injuries, Gold reported.
Neighbors also rushed to help as the dramatic scene unfolded.