Father badly injured trying to rescue son killed in 4-alarm Union City fire

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A father was badly injured as he tried to save his young son from a four-alarm Union City fire that started at a home and spread to a nearby church, an official said.

North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue responded to a house fire near the intersection of 14th Street and Summit Avenue shortly after midnight this morning, Fire Chief Frank Montagne told Hudson County View.

The embers of the fire spread to Sts. Joseph and Michael Church, located at 1314 Central Ave., causing serious structural damage, Montagne said.

A father was badly injured trying to rescue his infant son, estimated to be four or five years old, in the initial house fire and the young boy ultimately died in the blaze, the chief said.

Montagne added the two separate fires were characterized as four-alarm blazes, with the cause of the fire still under investigation.

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