Felicia Hernández De La Cruz, a food stall owner, was rescued from a fire that spread rapidly in houses in Paterson, New Jersey, but died when she returned to the scene to save her dog.
The fire broke out just before 1:45 a.m. Sunday and quickly spread to two timber-framed homes at 489 and 491 Summer Street, according to NorthJersey.com
It became a five-alarm fire in 15 minutes, authorities said. Hernández was 53 years old and had been saved by one of her five children; Oero ran back to save her dog and was found dead after more than 120 firefighters put out the fire.
The fire displaced 47 residents from nine families, detailed The Daily Voice. The cause of the flames is still under investigation. Two firefighters were injured and treated at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston for burns.
UPDATE: One of her five children had just pulled Felicia Hernandez De La Cruz out of their burning Paterson home when she suddenly rushed back inside to try and save their dog, witnesses said. #dailyvoice #dvpilot #feliciahernandezdelacruz #patersonfire https://t.co/dLETcHczPF
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