LONG BRANCH, N.J. (AP) — Authorities responding to a report of a house fire on the Jersey shore found a family of four mortally wounded inside a bedroom, and investigators believe they might be victims of a murder-suicide, a prosecutor said Wednesday.
The fire was reported late Tuesday in the family's Long Branch home, not far from the beach.
When firefighters arrived, the victims were "found in the same upstairs bedroom and they were struggling to survive," said Marc LeMieux, first assistant Monmouth County prosecutor.
A couple and their two children were taken to a hospital, where they died. Their injuries did not appear to be related to the fire, LeMieux said.
The victims were identified as Lyndon Beharry, 35; Amanda Morris, 29; and their children, 7-year-old Brandon Beharry and 4-year-old Brian Beharry.
Lyndon Beharry worked for the city's public works department.
"He was an excellent mechanic and a very good-natured person," department director Fred Migliaccio told the Asbury Park Press.
Investigators determined that the blaze ignited in more than one spot, and it didn't appear to be accidental, LeMieux said.
The outside of the home showed little fire damage and all of it was confined to the second floor.
Autopsy results might not be available until Thursday, authorities said. The investigation remains ongoing.