Woman, Grandson Killed in East Orange, N.J. Fire

The fire started shortly before 9:30 p.m. Sunday

By Brian Thompson
|  Monday, Jun 4, 2012  |  Updated 3:10 PM EDT
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A 55-year-old woman and her 3-year-old grandson were killed after a three-alarm fire broke out in East Orange, N.J., Sunday night, officials said.

The fire started shortly before 9:30 p.m. on the seventh floor of 50 South Munn Ave., a 10-story residential high-rise building built before World War II, officials said. The fire was contained to the seventh floor. Other units in the building sustained smoke and water damage.

City spokesman Daryl Jeffries said the woman, Willie Neal Springfield, was found dead in his seventh-floor apartment. Several other residents were rushed to area hospitals, including Springfield's grandson, Shaquan Brown, who later died at University of Medicine and Dentistry New Jersey Hospital in Newark.

The two other injured residents were taken to East Orange General Hospital, according to Jeffries.

In addition to East Orange, fire departments from Orange, Irvington and South Orange also responded to the scene.

The community center of a nearby building at 55-57 South Munn Ave. was set up as a temporary shelter for those displaced by the fire.

There was no immediate word on the cause of the fire. Officials said it did not appear to be suspicious.

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