Four people have been found dead at a burning mansion that was intentionally set ablaze in an affluent New Jersey town, officials have said.
Three severely burned bodies, two children and an adult, were found inside the luxury home in the Colts Neck area on the US state.
A man’s body was found outside. He had suffered gunshot injuries, according to reports emerging from the scene of the fire on Tuesday.
One of the owners of the home is a technology CEO with a relative whose home also caught fire yesterday, records show.
Authorities said they were investigating whether the two blazes were connected.
Officials have not released any identities and a medical examiner was still investigating how the four people died.
Dramatic images from the scene showed smoke billowing into the sky from the home as firefighters tackle the flames.
Officials said there had been multiple victims after the blaze broke out at about 1.30pm (local time). A police cordon was in place.
Monmouth Prosectuor, in a statement on Twitter, said: “[Monmouth Prosecutor] is on scene at a fire in Colts Neck with multiple fatalities. Firefighters still working on fire. Stay tuned for more details.
The house is surrounded by fields and has a swimming pool.
Properties in the town, which is home to about 10,000 people and is about 50 miles south of New York City, are typically valued at about $750,000 (£576,000).