NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say two men believed to have been squatters were found dead after a blaze in a boarded-up structure in New Jersey.
The New Brunswick police department says emergency personnel responded to the New Brunswick blaze at about 9:50 p.m. Saturday.
Arriving units reported the structure engulfed in flames that were quickly brought under control.
Police said the building was “an unoccupied structure that was condemned and boarded up” but a search by firefighters located two men on the second floor who were unresponsive.
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They were pronounced dead at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Their names weren’t immediately released.
Authorities said a preliminary investigation suggests the fire was accidental. The victims were believed to be squatters who gained access to the boarded-up structure. Two firefighters were treated for minor injuries.