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2 Dead, 1 Injured in New Jersey House Fire

The fire broke out around 8:45 p.m. in the home’s garage, officials said

Two people were killed and a third person was injured after a fire tore through a Burlington County, New Jersey, house Tuesday night.

Officials said the fire broke out around 8:45 p.m. in the home’s garage. It rapidly spread throughout the rest of the house, located in the 500 block of Willow Boulevard in Browns Mills.

At least five police officers were treated for mild smoke inhalation while trying to rescue the family, according to Pemberton Police Chief David Jantas. One officer has a mild shoulder injury.

Lore Smith, 92, was identified as one of the victims who died. Kurt Smith, 59, was airlifted to a local hospital and remains in stable condition.

The identity of the third victim, described as an elderly man by Pemberton Township officials, has not been released.

Kurt Smith has a lengthy arrest record dating back several years, according to court records. Previous charges include, but are not limited to, driving under the influence, shoplifting, aggravated assault and disorderly conduct. 

Neighbors told NBC10 the 59-year-old had problems with alcohol.

An investigation into what caused the blaze is ongoing.

This story is continuining to develop. Please check back for updates.

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