Arson investigators looking into Jersey City fire that killed two children

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JERSEY CITY, NJ – The Hudson County Regional Arson Task Force and the Jersey City Fire Department are investigating a single-alarm fire that killed two children in Jersey City late Wednesday night.

On Wednesday, February 10, 2021, just after 11:30 p.m., the Jersey City Fire Department responded to a working fire at 470 Martin Luther King Drive in Jersey City.

Upon arrival, firefighters encountered a working fire with heavy fire and smoke conditions that was confined to a single apartment. Firefighters gained access to the apartment and located two children, an 11-year-old girl and an 8-month-old boy. The 11-year-old girl was pronounced deceased at the scene and her 8-month-old brother was transported to the Jersey City Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased at 12:24 a.m. The fire was reported under control at 12:07 a.m.

One adult female, the mother of the children, as well as a 6-year-old boy, were able to evacuate the fire unit before firefighters arrived.

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The origin and cause of the fire remain under investigation. The cause and manner of death is pending with the Regional Medical Examiner.