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Suspicious New Jersey fire kills two in possible double homicide: sources

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PATERSON, N.J. (PIX11) -- Police are investigating the cause of a suspicious fire in Paterson, New Jersey that took the lives of two people and a dog.

The 100-year-old home on the 500 block of Union Avenue erupted in flames early Sunday. A next door neighbor rushed to officials to let firefighters know there were people inside.

One man and one woman died from the fire. Their remains were not removed until midday. A dog who was trapped inside the basement of the home died as well.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. A police officer on the scene told PIX11 the fire is being treated as a crime scene. A firefighter also said the county prosecutor's office will look around.

Neighbors, for the most part, slept through the blaze.

"It was a big fire, but I don't have any information on it," one neighbor, who didn't wake up from the noise, told PIX11.

Sources close to the investigation say the fire was suspicious from the start after gas cans were found inside the home. They say the blaze is now being investigated as a double homicide, but detectives have not yet confirmed that.