NEWARK, NJ — A young boy died in a fire this morning at an Astor Street residence, authorities announced. 

Newark Public Safety Director Brian O’Hara reported that Newark firefighters located the body of a 7-year-old boy on the third floor during a fire at 65 Astor St.

Firefighters responded to a call of a fire at the three-story residence at approximately 4:50 a.m. The deceased child’s father escaped the home through the front door and attempted to re-enter via the roof of 67 Astor St., according to O'Hara. He was removed from the roof by firefighters via a ground ladder.  

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The fire also extended to two adjacent residences at 63 and 67 Astor St. 

The main fire at 65 Astor St. was occupied by two adults and three children who were taken to University Hospital for treatment. The home at 63 Astor St. experienced minor fire damage through the adjoining wall. 

The fire was considered under control at 5:15 a.m. 

Three families have been affected, with three adults and four children being displaced. 

The cause and origin of the fire are under investigation by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.