2 dead, back of home collapses when fire tears through house in New Jersey

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Two people are dead after a fire tore through a house in Bloomingdale, New Jersey, Tuesday morning. Toni Yates has the story.

BLOOMINGDALE, New Jersey (WABC) -- Two people are dead after a fire tore through a house in New Jersey Tuesday morning.

Firefighters responded to reports of heavy fire at a home on Hamburg Turnpike in Bloomingdale around 8 a.m.

They arrived to find the home fully engulfed.

Neighbors said they smelled smoke very early in the morning and called 911.

"The flames were as high as the trees and 50 foot wide," neighbor Dan Bush said. "I didn't think there'd be a house left at all, it was that big."

The medical examiner is on the scene, along with the fire marshal and crime scene investigators and other municipality agencies, as they continue to conduct their investigations.

"They were spraying, spraying, and all the sudden, you heard a tremendous crash," Bush said. "And apparently, that's when the back of the house collapsed."

The circumstances of the fire have not yet been released, and the cause remains under investigation.

The victims' identities have not yet been released.

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