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3 killed in NJ house fire probed as possible murder-suicide

3 killed in NJ house fire probed as possible murder-suicide

Three people were killed in a New Jersey house fire that investigators are probing as a possible murder-suicide, according to police and a new report.

The blaze broke out inside the single-family home at 123 Jackson Ave. in Wayne around 6:15 p.m. Monday, according to the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office.

Three adults — believed to be a man, his daughter and the daughter’s boyfriend — were pronounced dead on scene, according to cops and ABC 7.

The bodies were so severely burned that they needed to be identified through dental records, the station reported.

There are indications that the deadly fire may have been a murder-suicide, sources told the outlet.

Three people were found dead after a house fire on Jackson Avenue in Wayne, New Jersey.
Three people were found dead after a house fire on Jackson Avenue in Wayne, New Jersey.
Wayne Police Dept.

The windows were blown out — and neighbors reported a gas smell before the fire, leading authorities to suspect the ensuing blaze was gas-fueled, according to the report.

Indicators such as blown out windows and the smell of gas before the fire, are reportedly leading authorities to believe that the fire might not have been accidental.
Indicators, such as blown-out windows and the smell of gas before the fire, are reportedly leading authorities to believe the fire might not have been accidental.
ABC7

“[My wife] heard a loud bang and glass shattering,” neighbor Joe Sasso told ABC. “She immediately came to the front, saw billowing smoke, started running toward the house, was calling 911 as she was running toward the house.”

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