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Mom dies of injuries from NJ store fire that killed daughters, two others

Elizabeth deadly fire victims
Posted at 12:38 PM, Oct 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-13 12:38:03-04

ELIZABETH, N.J. — A New Jersey mother has died from injuries she suffered in a commercial building fire last week in Elizabeth that killed her two young daughters and the girls’ friend, along with another woman.

Thirty-six-year-old Merlyn Vasquez died Thursday at a hospital, three days after the fire occurred. Her death was confirmed Tuesday by an Elizabeth spokeswoman.

Her daughters, 8-year-old Daniela Marquez and 10-year-old Paola, were initially rescued but later died from their injuries. An 11-year-old girl who was friends with the sisters also fell victim to the blaze.

Candida Martinez de Reyes, 40, was also killed in the fire. She was shopping alone, buying a desk for her kids to do their schoolwork, her husband told PIX11. She left behind four children.

The Oct. 5 fire apparently started in a ground-floor business and quickly spread to a second-floor furniture store where the victims were found.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but officials have said it may have started in a soda machine in the ground-floor business.

There was no fire escape on the second floor. All three families have called for an investigation.

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