Siblings injured in Paterson house fire taken off life support

PATERSON - A young woman and her brother who were badly hurt in a Paterson house fire on Wednesday have died.

A friend of the family tells us that Alexandra Velarde, 23, and her 19-year-old brother Christian Velasquez were taken off life support last night and died earlier today.

Their 75-year-old grandmother Maria Velarde was killed when the family's two-and-a-half story home on Trenton Avenue went up in flames on Wednesday.

The family has scheduled a wake for all three victims on Tuesday. The burials are planned for Wednesday.

Authorities are still investigating the cause of the fire.

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