Taylor KnightJun 21, 2018, 1:32 pmJun 25, 2018, 8:28 am

Community rallies for residents displaced by deadly overnight fire in Bayonne

Ruvee Yao, 42, who died in the inferno and ran learning center in 1 of 3 razed buildings, identified as victim


BAYONNE – The community is coming together to help the victims of a fire on Broadway that killed a woman and displaced 16 people early Wednesday morning. The three buildings that caught flames were knocked down because they were considered unsafe.

The Red Cross is now helping residents relocate, and one neighbor is also hoping to help the victims get back on their feet.

“I'm shocked. I mean we were devastated because it was right next door,” says Patrick Mingoes, the co-owner of Level Up studio. He is accepting donations at his gym to give to his neighbors.

“Right here is a drop off location so people can donate anything they want like clothing, toiletries, anything… gift cards, anything that they want to help out the tenants of the building,” Mingoes says.

Along with the apartments, longtime neighborhood pizzeria Mama Rosas, was also destroyed.

Meantime, authorities identified the woman who died in the fire as Ruvee Yao. She lived in what is now this big pile of rubble. She wasn't able to make it out on her own and was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Neighbors say the 42-year-old owned the building with her mother. Together, they were the pair ran the Kumon Learning Center that was on the ground floor. The sign for the center is now crushed in the massive pile of debris.

Funeral services for Yao are scheduled for Monday at 10:45 a.m. at St. Henry's Church.

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