Boy dies in fire at Lakewood home

Boy dies in fire at Lakewood home

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A 6-year-old boy died in an early-morning house fire in Lakewood, police said. The child's 8-year-old brother is in critical condition.

No names have been released.

Officials are trying to determine what caused the fire that broke out around 2 a.m. Friday in the home on Sterling Avenue, but say it appears to have been accidental and may have started near a stove.

Police Capt. Paul Daly said firefighters took longer than usual to arrive at the home because a dispatcher misunderstood the address given by the frantic mother of the boys on her cellphone.

A 2-year-old boy also survived the fire.

Five first-responders were treated for smoke inhalation.

Information from: Asbury Park (N.J.) Press, http://www.app.com

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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