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UPDATE: Four Dead in Elizabeth Building Fire

By rlsmetro on

Elizabeth officials are reporting two more deaths in a building fire that already killed two children on Monday night.

According to officials, the fire started inside a soda machine in a store on the first level of the multi-use building.

Authorities say the building is owned by Okay Roger Reality, of Brooklyn, and there are now questions about the escape route that was blocked and turned into a death trap.

"The fire and police department did a miraculous job early, but the smoke overcame them," said Bollwage, who called it a "sad day."

Officials say the fire was fueled by cribs and other items inside the furniture store, which proved easy tinder for the flames.

Employees in the store reportedly tried to put out the fire but were not able.

Officials report that the victims tried to get out of the back door on the second floor but were unable due to a locked gate.

[***BREAKING UPDATE: Two Children Killed in Elizabeth Building Fire***](

Two more people were found deceased this morning, a child and an adult, who are believed to be Paola Marquez, 10 and Candida Martinez-Del Reyes, 41, as they were unaccounted for last night, according to officials.

The two who died in the blaze last night have been identified by officials as Elizabeth Correas, 11 and her friend Daniela Marquez, 8.

Daniela Marquezs' Mother, Merlyn Vasquez, 36, is reported as critically injured.

*Correction*: In a report made last night by Elizabeth city officials it was stated that there was a male in critical condition. We have received confirmation from the city that this was not the case.