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Mom dies of injuries suffered in fire that killed daughters

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — A mother has died from injuries she suffered in a commercial building fire last week that killed her two young daughters and the girls’ friend, along with another woman. Thirty-six-year-old Merlyn Vasquez died Thursday at a hospital, three days after the fire occurred in Elizabeth. Her death was confirmed Tuesday by a city spokeswoman. The fire apparently started in a ground-floor business and quickly spread to a second-floor furniture store where the victims were found. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but officials have said it may have started in a soda machine in the ground-floor business.

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