2 kids, ages 1 and 6, dead in New Jersey house fire

Feb 21, 2015 1:25 PM by News Staff

ORANGE, N.J. (AP) - Officials say two young siblings ages 1 and 6 are dead after a house fire in New Jersey.

The Essex County prosecutor's office says the children were found inside the home in Orange after the blaze broke out Friday night. Seven other occupants escaped, including two children witnesses said jumped to safety.

Officials identified the children as Zion Tony and his older sister, Jayda McEachin. Two other people were treated at a hospital.

Resident Mary Lewter tells NJ.com she was woken up by her baby's father who urged her to get out of the burning building. She says she tried to go upstairs and help others but was blocked by flames.

Passerby Darryl Mayfield says he caught two children who jumped from the top floor window to a porch roof.

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