According to authorities, a house fire that killed a family in Long Branch, New Jersey does not appear to have been an accidental incident. Authorities also state that it appears the victims were injured before the blaze began.
The fire broke out around midnight Tuesday, and officials are investigating it as a murder suicide, Fox News reports. Marc LeMieux, First Assistant Monmouth County Prosecutor said that the entire family showed signs of injury when they arrived at the hospital. “We are not ruling put the potential that this was a homicide and potential suicide”, he told Asbury Park Press. He would not confirm the other injuries suffered by the victims.
The victims were Lyndon Beharry, a mechanic for the city’s public works department, Amanda Morris, aged 29, and their two children, 7 year old Brandon Beharry and 4 year old Brian Beharry. Lyndon was described by the director of the city public works department as “a very good natured person.”
The home shows very little damage to the outside, with the exception of the second floor. It is not confirmed if the death was caused by the fire, or the injuries sustained before the fire broke out.