AP NEWS
Related topics

Five Dead in New Jersey House Fire

February 13, 1991

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) _ Five people, including three children, were killed today when a fire believed caused by an illegal kerosene heater swept through a house occupied by three families, a fire official said.

Two other children suffered minor injuries and were being treated at University Hospital in Newark.

Police reported an explosion at the multiple-story home just before 3 a.m., said Stanley J. Kossup, Newark fire director. He said a kerosene heater was believed to have touched off the blaze.

″The house was pretty much destroyed. It burned right through the roof,″ Kossup said.

The dead were identified as: Eddie Little, 73; Sandra Orr, 30; Rico Orr, 5; Alton Barcliff, 3; and Dena Steanatlis, 2. They were declared dead at the scene.

Little’s body was found on the first floor, near a kerosene heater, where the most damage occurred and where it’s believed the fire originated, Kossup said.

Ms. Orr and the three children were found on the third floor.

AP RADIO
Update hourly