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Authorities: House fire that killed 2 not ‘suspicious’

January 6, 2019
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A fast-moving fire killed several people in a home seen after it was extinguished in East Hanover, N.J., Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. Morris County prosecutors say the fire in East Hanover broke out shortly before 8 p.m. Friday. It's not known if anyone else was in the home when the fire occurred, but no other injuries were reported. (Michael Karas/The Record via AP)

EAST HANOVER, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a fast-moving fire that killed two people in their northern New Jersey home is not considered suspicious.

Morris County prosecutors say the deaths of 78-year-old Robert Dundermen and 75-year-old Cynthia Dundermen have been ruled accidental.

The fire in East Hanover broke out shortly before 8 p.m. Friday. The blaze started in the living room of the single-family residence and soon spread throughout the home.

Authorities say the home was engulfed in flames when police and firefighters arrived. One officer kicked in the front door to try to gain entry but was immediately pushed back by the flames.

Both bodies were found in the home after the fire was extinguished. But officials haven’t said what caused their deaths.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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