Two people are dead and a third is missing after an intense fire overtook a New Jersey home early Sunday, a fire official said.
Firefighters arriving at the home on Union Avenue in Paterson Sunday morning were pushed back by the heavy flames, said Paterson Fire Chief Michael Postorino.
One person was discovered dead on the first floor, and a second was found on the stairs, Postorino said. The house - home to three people and a dog, according to a neighbor - was left with the windows burned out and the facade blackened by the blaze.
Officials were still working to identify the victims. One person remains unaccounted for, Postorino said.
The flames also damaged a neighboring building, and seven people who lived there were displaced, Postorino said.