Grandmother and granddaughter killed in NJ house fire identified

LITTLE FERRY, N.J. -- Authorities have identified a woman and her granddaughter who died in a New Jersey house fire.

Police say 5-year-old Maribella Colon died at a hospital Wednesday.

Fifty-six-year-old Margaret Colon was pulled out of a window by firefighters as the fire raged in a home in Little Ferry Tuesday night. She died Wednesday at a hospital.

Officials at Fairleigh Dickinson University tell the newspaper Margaret Colon worked as an assistant in the facilities department for 24 years.

A police officer on patrol heard a pop and found the home on fire around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. Some residents either jumped or dropped from the three-story, multi-family home.

Other residents sustained broken bones or smoke inhalation.

Three police officers were treated for minor injuries.

The cause is under investigation.
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