The New Jersey community of Teaneck is in mourning following the passing of Jamaican-born couple, 32-year-old Delton Brown and his wife 29-year-old Amoya (Bennett) Brown.
The couple perished in an early morning fire on Thursday (July 8) .
Reports from the fire department are that a blaze occurred around 3:30 a.m on the main floor trapping the couple in their attic apartment.
A fire officer who attempted to rescue the couple sustained a minor leg burn and was treated at St. Barnabas Medical Center while two other firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion at the scene.
Family and friends who rushed to the scene were overcome with grief, some collapsing on the scene.
Following news of the couple’s passing , tributes have been pouring in for the church- going couple, who were described as “ loving’ and “dedicated” to the church and the wider community.
“ My God… These two couples to the left were killed in a house fire yesterday around 3:00 a.m. in Teaneck. Bro. Delton drove the church bus at times and even pick me up for Church. He was a very nice guy and so was his wife, they were always smiling.. this is so heartbreaking and so sad I hope I get to attend these 2 couples funeral.They are going to be missed! Rest in peace Bro. Delton and wife, “ said one Facebook user.
“I still cannot believe that you both are gone. It was such a tragedy and to hear of your deaths destroyed me. I know that you both are with the Heavenly Father in peace. RIP Delton and Amoya. You will be truly missed by everyone that knew you both, “added another.
The couple who were married for five years, were both active in their church at the Westside Worship Center.
Their pastor said the loss is a devastating blow he can’t quite explain, noting that he had prayed for them.
Two other people were able to escape safely from the burning home; their names have not been released.