2 bodies recovered after massive fire destroys home in Morris Township, New Jersey

The remains of two people were discovered Saturday afternoon, but have yet to be identified

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Two bodies were recovered Saturday afternoon after a massive fire destroyed a home in Morris Township early Friday morning.

MORRIS TOWNSHIP, New Jersey (WABC) -- Two bodies were recovered Saturday afternoon after a massive fire destroyed a home in Morris Township early Friday morning.

The flames broke out around 3:30 a.m. on Normandy Heights Road near Columbia Road.

Video from NewsCopter 7 showed multiple firefighting units pouring water on a large, multi-story house that had been completely gutted by flames.

It is believed the home dates back to the 1890s and the rear part of the building appeared to have collapsed.

Authorities suspected that 87-year-old Robert Ricciardi and 85-year-old Gemma Ricciardi may have died in the fire.

The remains of two people were discovered a day later, but have yet to be identified.

"There was heroic efforts here by the police, fire, EMS, heroic efforts to try to rescue people inside that house, we are in the recovery mode right now," the sheriff said.

The area is surrounded by more modern homes on well-manicured lawns, so neighbors are spread apart.

The cause of the fire is also under investigation.

Video in the media player above is from previous coverage

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