Two people and a dog died after a fire broke out in a home in New Jersey, police said.
The victims, a woman and a 13-year-old, were killed in the blaze at a home on Jill Court in Edison, according to state police. One was pronounced dead at the scene, while the other was rushed to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital but could not be saved.
According to witnesses at the scene, the woman was in her 60s. The relationship between the woman and child was not immediately clear.
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A pet dog was also killed in the flames.
The fire broke before 2:30 p.m. in the 2 1/2 story house which may have been used as a multi-family dwelling. The inferno appeared to have started on the lower levels and spread to the higher floor, leaving a hole in the ceiling and causing extensive damage.
Firefighters put out the two-alarm blaze by 4 p.m., and Chopper 4 showed first responders still at the scene two hours after the fire broke out.
An investigation is ongoing, and a medical examiner will rule on the cause of death.