Siblings Injured in Paterson Fire That Killed Grandmother Die

The cause of the fire remains under investigation

By Pat Battle
|  Friday, Jul 27, 2012  |  Updated 12:56 PM EDT
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Grandmother Killed in NJ House Fire

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Grandmother Killed in NJ House Fire

Three members of one family are hurt by the fire that raced through their Trenton Avenue home. The grandmother did not survive. New Jersey Reporter Pat Battle was on the scene.
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Two siblings injured in a northern New Jersey fire that claimed the life of their grandmother earlier this week have died.

Twenty-three-year-old Alexandra Velarde and 19-year-old Christian Velasquez were removed from life support after doctors harvested their organs on Thursday night.

Their 75-year-old grandmother, who was being treated for cancer, died in Wednesday's fire in Paterson.

A minister tells The Record newspaper the siblings had delayed leaving for Liberty University in Virginia to help their mother. She escaped injury.

A fourth person remains in critical condition.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Three firefighters were injured in the blaze.

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