Prosecutor: 4 dead, including 2 kids, in mansion fire; arson suspected

Prosecutor: 4 dead, including 2 kids, in mansion fire; arson suspected

In this image made from a video provided by WABC firefighters battle a fatal fire on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, in Colts Neck, N.J. The Monmouth County prosecutor's office says the fire has taken multiple victims. (WABC via AP) © The Associated Press In this image made from a video provided by WABC firefighters battle a fatal fire on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, in Colts Neck, N.J. The Monmouth County prosecutor’s office says the fire has taken multiple victims. (WABC via AP)

UPDATE: Prosecutor: 4 people, including 2 children, found dead at scene of New Jersey mansion fire being investigated as arson.

EARLIER: COLTS NECK, N.J. — Multiple people were found dead Tuesday at a mansion that caught fire near the New Jersey shore and is owned by a tech company executive, hours after a blaze also broke out at the house of a relative, officials said.

Video showed smoke pouring from the roof of the two-story home in Colts Neck as firefighters battled the blaze. The house is surrounded by fields and has a swimming pool.

Helicopter footage showed a sheet in the middle of the yard next to the house with police tape cordoning off the area. The Monmouth County prosecutor’s office confirmed there were multiple victims but didn’t said how many.

Firefighters responded to the fire around 1:30 p.m.

Colts Neck is a well-to-do community about 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of New York City and is home to horse farms. Typical homes in the town of 10,000 are valued at about $750,000.

Public records show the home is owned by Keith Caneiro, 50, and Jennifer Caneiro, 45.

The 5,700-square-foot home has four bedrooms and five bathrooms, according to Zillow. The owners purchased the property in 1998, and the home was built in 2003, public records show.

Caneiro’s LinkedIn profile describes him as the CEO and chief technology officer for a company in the New York City area called Square One. His profile says he graduated from Columbia University with a Master of Science degree in 2018 and previously received certifications from Harvard Business School.

There also was a fire this morning at a home in Ocean Township, police and prosecutors said.

That home, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) from Colts Neck, is owned by Paul and Susan Caneiro, and public records show the men are related, sharing at least one address in New York several decades ago. They are also “friends” on Facebook, but it is unclear how they are related.

Paul Caneiro is listed as the vice president of Square One.


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