Officials: 2 dead in East Hanover house fire

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Authorities say two people were found dead when flames ripped through a home in East Hanover Friday night.

East Hanover's police chief says two police officers were the first on the scene, and they faced enormous flames just after 8 p.m. on Kimble Place.

The first officer who tried to get inside the house to rescue anyone inside was knocked back by some kind of flashover. The fire chief says the officer was knocked back about 5 feet.

Multiple departments came out to fight the fire, which caused severe damage throughout the house.

The Morris County Prosecutor's Office confirmed that two people are dead, but have not released the names as of yet.

Police say they believe the two people who died were the homeowners. Neighbors say they were a couple in their 60s.

The police chief says firefighters found one body before finding the second body. At one point, firefighters were forced to cut a hole in the roof to let heat escape.

No official cause of the fire has been declared.

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