COLTS NECK, N.J. – The bodies of a couple and their two children were found on Tuesday afternoon as a deliberate fire swept their wider area into the luxurious community of Colts Neck, New Jersey, CBS New York reports.
The fire brigade received the first call at 12:38 pm. and crews from 20 fire departments took over four hours to finally bring the fire under control. County County Officer Chris Gramiccioni, County Monmouth, said heavy fire damage "created some challenges" in the original survey.
Authorities downplayed every possible threat to the public at a press conference Tuesday afternoon.
"We have no reason to believe that the community is in any danger at this point," said Gramiccioni.
He said the body of a man was found out of the house at Willow Brook Road, and the bodies of the other adult and two children were found inside. All four were seriously burned.
"We are investigating this as an arson, a deliberate fire," said Gramiccioni.
Investigators say there was another fire in a relative of the family home earlier in the day in a nearby Ocean Township. No one was injured in this fire, but the researchers had their hands full trying to connect the dots.
"That remains to be seen, but this is a choice or a corner we continue to pursue," said Gramiccioni.
Call anyone with any information to contact the authorities.
"Any small piece can be a piece of the puzzle that can make things come to a clearer picture," said Gramiccioni.
Police say a firefighter was injured trying to quench the Colts Neck fire but is expected to make a full recovery.
The identities of the four victims and the ages of the two children were not immediately released.
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