5 killed in Newark, NJ, apartment fire

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Associated Press

Posted on July 21, 2012 at 11:00 PM

Updated Sunday, Jul 22 at 12:01 AM

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Prosecutors in New Jersey have released the names of three children and a teenager killed along with an adult in a fast-moving apartment fire in Newark.

But the cause of the Friday blaze remained under investigation Saturday night.

Two siblings — 2-year-old Javena Joseph and 3-year-old Javens Joseph — were found dead in a third-floor apartment. Their parents and two other children were able to escape.

The man, 44-year-old Shelton Freeman, was found in another third-floor apartment, along with 5-year-old Angela Williams and 17-year-old Nazir Blackstone.

Essex County prosecutors say all five victims appear to have died of smoke inhalation.

Fire officials say the blaze started around 1:40 a.m. in a vacant house and quickly spread next door. Four other buildings were damaged. About 15 people were displaced.

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