2 brothers dead after being trapped in NJ house fire: family



Two young brothers were pulled from a raging house fire in New Jersey over the weekend — but died of their injuries a day later, relatives said.

Flames broke out early Saturday at the home in Paulsboro where Michael Rosario, 7, and Ty-Yon Rosario, 5, were being looked after by a family friend, their aunt Tia Sheed told The Post on Monday.

“They were trapped upstairs on the second floor,” Sheed told The Post.

Responding firefighters from a West Deptford Township department were met with “heavy fire conditions” at 4 a.m. Saturday and found two children trapped inside the home, department officials said on Facebook.

A man inside the home managed to get his mother and an infant out of the house before being injured, WPVI reported.

Tisha Holloway told the station that her stepmother lives at the residence, where the woman was sleeping along with her son, grandchild and the two boys when the fire broke out.

“My little brother didn’t know that the other two kids were there,” Holloway told WPVI. “He just knew that his mom and his nephew were in there.”

Michael andTy-Yon Rosario, the two children who died following a house fire in New Jersey.
Michael (left) and Ty-Yon Rosario (right), the two children who died following a house fire in New Jersey.

Holloway said her brother helped his mother and a baby escape the home, but the blaze quickly engulfed the residence and made it too dangerous to save the two boys.

The young boys were eventually rescued after firefighters used ladders to reach the second floor, WPVI reported.

They were rushed to a burn unit at Crozer Hospital, where they were listed in critical condition before being airlifted to St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, Sheed said.

But the boys, unable to overcome their injuries, died Sunday.

An online fundraiser set up to help offset funeral costs for the boys indicated that Michael and Ty-Yon had third-degree burns on 30 and 25 percent of their bodies, respectively.

Mayor Gary Stevenson said firefighters responded within five minutes.

“The house is completely gutted,” Stevenson told KYW-TV. “From what I can see, being a fire chief for many, many years in this town as well, it looks like it started in the living room, that’s where they’re working.”

The fire in Paulsboro, New Jersey that left two children dead.
The fire in Paulsboro, New Jersey, that left two children dead.

The cause of the fire reportedly remains under investigation by prosecutors and a fire marshal.

But Sheed said it was an electrical fire that broke out in the living room and spread throughout the home early.

“They loved to ride bikes and skate and swim and play video games,” Sheed recalled, adding that Michael and Ty-Yon were cared for at the home roughly five times a month.

The online fundraiser describes the pair as “energetic, loving boys.”

“They both had huge personalities and loved doing Tik Tok’s with their mom,” the post said. “They both enjoyed being with family and playing Fortnite. Michael and Ty-Yon were adored by their entire family.”


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