Family: NYC boy who survived fire off life support

By: AP
By: AP

NEW YORK (AP) -- The family of a 10-year-old boy who had survived a fire that killed his parents and three sisters in their Manhattan apartment says he has been taken off life support.

Jonzan (Hon-ZAHN') Joa-Balbuena's (HO-ah Bal-BWEN'-ah) had been declared brain dead after Saturday's fire. He was removed from life support Thursday.

The boy's grandfather told The New York Times that it was impossible to save his life.

The family says Jonzan had not been burned but had suffered from severe smoke inhalation.

Jonzan's parents and sisters were found unconscious, huddled in the bathroom and bedroom of their apartment in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood.

Authorities say the blaze started by a child playing with fire.


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