7-Year-Old Boy Killed In Newark House Fire

A 7-year-old boy was killed in an early morning house fire Thursday in Newark. CBS2's Natalie Duddridge reports from the scene.

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MARY CALVI: We begin with that tragedy in Newark-- a family devastated after an early morning fire claimed the life of a seven-year-old boy. CBS2 News Natalie Duddridge joins us live with more, Natalie.

NATALIE DUDDRIDGE: Mary, the neighborhood here is just devastated. Police say the boy's parents and siblings were able to make it out OK, but that boy, he was stuck in the top floor of this home, you can see is destroyed. His own father and firefighters tried to save him but couldn't get to him in time.

- Oh my God.

NATALIE DUDDRIDGE: Cell phone video shows flames and smoke engulfing a home on Astor Street in Newark at 5:00 this morning. Gabi Carvalho lives next door and took this video after she woke up to the sounds of people calling for help.

GABI CARVALHO: I was sleeping, and I listened a man telling get out, get out, get out, get out, and a woman said-- I don't know if it was a woman, because I was nervous as well-- and the woman said, I can't, I can't. And I listened, kids are screaming, and people were screaming.

NATALIE DUDDRIDGE: Police say the child was trapped on the third floor. His father, who escaped the home, tried to climb up onto the roof to rescue his son but couldn't get to him. The Essex County Prosecutor's Office says the seven-year-old boy whose name has not yet been released was found by firefighters, but it was too late.

JOSEPH MORRIS: When you lose somebody, it hurts real bad. I know the father is all messed up.

NATALIE DUDDRIDGE: Authorities say two adults and three other children were taken to University Hospital for treatment. The deli owner across the street says the family just moved to the neighborhood a few months ago.

ELSIDO FRIAS: I'm real sad when I hear that, because you know, that family I know. They come in here like five, six times every day.

JOSEPH MORRIS: It's going to take a while for him to get through this. He going to need a lot of help.

NATALIE DUDDRIDGE: The fire also spread to these two adjoining homes. In total, three families were affected and have moved to temporary housing. Now as for the cause, it's still under investigation. We're live in Newark, New Jersey, Natalie Duddridge, CBS2 News.

MARY CALVI: Natalie, thank you.