UPDATE: Two young brothers and their cousin die in Union City fire

UNION CITY – A five-alarm blaze on 25th Street in Union City killed three children and injured several other people, including firefighters, on Friday morning. Two children are still in critical condition.
The fire was reported about 9 a.m. on July 13 at a home located between Bergenline and New York avenues.
Firefighters battled the blaze for about a half hour, cutting holes into the roof to let out heat and smoke, while at the same time rescuing the occupants of the building. The fire spread through two buildings before being brought under control at about 9:30 a.m.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Media outlets reported that a 2-year-old boy, Jason Gonzales, and a 5-year-old girl, Mailyn Wood, passed away, and were cousins. On Friday evening, the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office said that a third child, a 7-year-old boy, had succumbed. News reports said he was Christian Gonzales, Jason’s older brother.
The prosecutor’s release said, “First responders to the area found that there were victims trapped in the three-story residence at 416 25th Street. Rescue efforts were made as firefighters from North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue, the Jersey City Fire Department and the Hoboken Fire Department fought the blaze.” The fire then spread next door.
Union City is particularly susceptible to fires due to the old construction of the homes and their density. As a Reporter story from 2011 noted, “Many older buildings have a small airspace, known as a cockloft, that’s situated between the roof and ceiling of the top floor units. Where buildings are of the same height and are adjoined, the cockloft often runs the entire length of several buildings, which can be an entire city block. A continuous cockloft can make it easier for a fire to spread rapidly from one building to the next.”
Mayor Brian Stack said the town is accepting donations for the victims. A GoFundMe has been set up here: https://www.gofundme.com/union-city-fire-victims-fund
Make checks payable to the Union City Fire Victims’ Fund and send to: Union City Fire Victims’ Fund, City of Union City, Office of Mayor Brian P. Stack, 3715 Palisade Avenue, 3rd Floor, Union City, NJ 07087.