Mother, Daughter Die in New Jersey House Fire | NBC New York

Mother, Daughter Die in New Jersey House Fire

The cause of the fire wasn't immediately clear

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    (Published Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014)

    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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