A man who went to investigate a fire in the basement of his New Jersey home became trapped and died, police said Sunday.
A dog who went back into the house on Riverlawn Drive in Wayne also died, police said. His wife and another dog escaped safely.
Authorities didn't release the identity of the man, who was in his 70s. His body was found in the rear of the basement, police said.
Photos showed the much of the white, two-story house blackened and destroyed by the fire. When police arrived, they found the house engulfed in flames, police said.
A motorhome, a Toyota Prius and a motorcycle that were all parked in the driveway were also damaged in the fire, police said.