- Associated Press - Thursday, January 30, 2014

LEONIA, N.J. (AP) - Two bodies believed to be those of a woman and her adult daughter have been removed from a northern New Jersey home that was destroyed by a fast-moving fire.

Gordon Coleman tells The Record (https://bit.ly/MlbZFG ) that his sister Harriet Coleman and her daughter Ruth were unaccounted for following the blaze in Leonia that broke out around 5:30 a.m. Thursday.

Gordon Coleman says his sister is a school crossing guard and his 34-year-old niece attends a day program for people with special needs.

Coleman says his brother Howard, who lived in a separate apartment in the multi-family home, was able to rescue their 94-year-old mother, who lived with the two other women.

Leonia Fire Chief Dave Bohnert says one firefighter suffered burns to the hands. His condition was not immediately known.

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Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), https://www.northjersey.com


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