3 dead at NJ house, 1 had been shot

IRVINGTON, N.J. (AP) -- Officials in New Jersey say three bodies were found after a house fire in Irvington and at least of the three had been shot.

Essex County prosecutor Paula Dow says it appears the fire was set to conceal a homicide.

Newark Fire Department Director Dave Giordano told The Star-Ledger of Newark that authorities found one body had a gunshot in the head. The cause of death of the other two victims was not immediately clear.

The fire was reported at 7:45 a.m. in a three-story wood frame house in the Newark suburb. The fire was extinguished within an hour.

Authorities say a fourth person was hospitalized.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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