Fire Tears Through NJ Home, Kills 6 Destroys 2 homes, but everyone in 2nd home escapes By Newser Editors and Wire Services Posted Jun 15, 2014 11:58 AM CDT 5 comments Comments Stock image (Shutterstock) (Newser) – Authorities say six people have been killed in a fast-moving fire that roared through a single-family home in New Jersey's largest city. The Essex County prosecutor's office says the blaze broke out at around 4am today in Newark. The fire soon spread to another residence, and both homes were destroyed. Spokesman Thomas Fennelly says the fire doesn't appear to be suspicious, but the cause remains under investigation. Everyone in the second home managed to escape safely.