Authorities have identified the four children that were killed in Friday’s fatal five alarm fire in Union City, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“The Prosecutor’s Office is now confirming that a fourth child, a 13-year-old boy, has died from injuries sustained in Friday morning’s fire on 25th Street in Union City,” they wrote on Twitter this morning.
Late Friday night, authorities said that a third child had died as the result of injuries sustained in the blaze, with two other children, and one adult woman, still in critical condition.
This afternoon, the prosecutor’s office identified each of the four victims:
Mayli Wood, age 5
Jason Gonzalez, age 2
Christian Josue Mendez, age 7
Jose Felipe Tejada, age 13
Suarez clarified that one more child remains in critical condition at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, while one adult female and adult male are both in stable condition.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the NJ State Fire Marshals Office are aiding the prosecutor’s office and the Union City Police Department with the ongoing investigation.
Officials have only determined that the blaze began on the first floor of 416 25th St., a three-story residence.
Union City officials started a GoFundMe page that initially sought to raise $10,000 for the families of the fire victims, then upped the goal to $15,000, then $25,000, and has now catapulted to $35,000.
Editor’s Note: This story has been updated with new information.