A March 4 apartment fire in Union City, NJ has claimed the life of a toddler and left his father, who suffered severe burns trying to save him badly injured. Fueled by high winds, the fire, which broke out just after 1:00 a.m. in a second-floor apartment on Summit Avenue near 14th Street, tore through the building and its flying embers ignited the steeple of a church down the street.
Eddie Gonzalez Sr. is in critical condition at St. Barnabas Medical Center where he is receiving treatment for burns he sustained trying in vain to rescue his son Eddie Gonzalez Jr. who was weeks away from his second birthday.
Mariana Gonzalez told CBS2 what happened to her family. “My son woke up when he saw the fire, and then he realized that the baby boy was still in the house. So he tried to go in, but the fire department didn’t let him go back in because he was already on fire.”
Thirty mile-per-hour winds blew embers down 14th Street igniting the steeple of Saint Joseph and Michael Roman Catholic Church, which brought down power lines when it crashed to the street.
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