Mother, Daughter Die in New Jersey House Fire

The cause of the fire wasn't immediately clear

Thursday, Jan 30, 2014  |  Updated 7:21 PM EDT
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A mother and daughter died in a house fire in New Jersey early Thursday, officials say. The bodies of the mother, who was believed to be in her 60s, and daughter were found at the home on Maple Street in Leonia. Brian Thompson reports.

A mother and daughter died in a house fire in New Jersey early Thursday, officials say. The bodies of the mother, who was believed to be in her 60s, and daughter were found at the home on Maple Street in Leonia. Brian Thompson reports.

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Two bodies believed to be those of a woman and her adult daughter have been found in a New Jersey home that was destroyed by a fast-moving fire.

Gordon Coleman says that his sister Harriet Coleman and her daughter Ruth were unaccounted for following the five-alarm blaze in Leonia that broke out around 5:30 a.m. Thursday.

Gordon Coleman says his sister is a school crossing guard and his 34-year-old niece attends a day program for people with special needs.

Coleman says his brother Howard, who lived in a separate apartment in the multi-family home, was able to rescue their 94-year-old mother, who lived with the two other women.

Leonia's fire chief says two police officers suffered smoke inhalation responding to the fire.

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