Flames take deadly toll in N.J.

<div class="meta image-caption"><div class="origin-logo origin-image none"><span>none</span></div><span class="caption-text">Frie claimed the life of a 19-year-old mother who dropped her baby out the window of the burning home.</span></div>
January 14, 2008 4:13:50 PM PST
A mother died in a final heroic act. After tossing her baby to safety the young mom died in a house fire. The flames broke out early Monday morning in the unit block of Union Street in Salem, New Jersey.

This young mother had only three months with her baby boy. But that was all the time she needed to put his life before her own. 19-year-old Trametra Jackson's son Cassidy is alive today because the teen mother made the split-second decision to toss the three-month-old from a second story window of her burning home.

Jackson, a 2006 graduate of Salem High School, died in the fire. Her 62-year-old mother Marilyn Goldberg was rescued by police. Both Goldberg and her baby grandson were hospitalized for smoke inhalation.

While Robert Henson grieves for his sister nicknamed Tweety, he's thankful his mother Marilyn Goldberg made it out alive. But 68-year-old Paul Sorrell, Goldberg's long-time companion is said to be clinging to life, with burns over 60% of his body. Like Jackson, he was reportedly trapped on the second floor, presumably asleep and firefighters believe there were no working smoke detectors here.

The cause of the blaze has not been determined. So investigators aren't saying whether this fire was suspicious in nature or not.


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