Memorial for 6 victims of Newark house fire now covered by mounds of trash


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NEWARK, New Jersey — Crews have started removing huge mounds of trash that were dumped at the site of a memorial set up in honor of six family members killed in a Newark house fire this summer.

But city officials are still trying to determine where the trash came from.

The Rev. James Johnson, the pastor of church next to the home on South 15th Street, told News 12 New Jersey ( on Tuesday that he noticed the garbage piling up two weeks ago, when the city demolished what was left of the house. The memorial had been placed at the site shortly after the fire occurred on Father's Day.

Johnson believes someone is illegally dumping the trash during the overnight hours, but an investigation is ongoing.

Two children and four adults were killed in the fire. Authorities have said the bright, plastic flowers the family used to decorate the front of the home acted as an accelerant in the fast-moving blaze.

The victims were found in their pajamas on the upper floors of the single family home, which was reduced to a charred frame, with stray plastic blossoms and strands of plastic vines twisted around fire-damaged wreckage.

Information from: News 12,

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