3 Dead After House Fire In Wayne, New Jersey

Three people were killed in a house fire in Wayne, New Jersey, on Monday. Investigators don't know exactly what happened yet, but neighbors say they heard an explosion; CBS2's Andrea Grymes reports.

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- And now to Wayne, New Jersey, where three people were killed in a house fire. Investigators still don't know exactly what happened yet, but neighbors tell CBS 2 Andrea Grymes they heard an explosion.

ANDREA GRYMES: Investigators spent the day swarming this burned out home on Jackson Avenue in Wayne, which looks like a shell of its former self. Charred debris from the deadly fire across the front, and in the back, even worse, just steps away from a playset.

ROSEMARY CLAYS: I'm devastated. I'm so sad.

ANDREA GRYMES: Neighbor Rosemary Clays did not want to show her face, but says her heart breaks for the kind family who lived here, a couple, their grown daughter, and young granddaughter. Clays says she heard an explosion around 6:15 last night.

ROSEMARY CLAYS: It was just a big explosion, boom. The windows to the front of the house were blown out. And the back of their house was just a wall of fire.

ANDREA GRYMES: The Passaic County Prosecutor's office has released limited information, but says three adults were found dead at the scene. Clays believes it's the man, his daughter, and the daughter's boyfriend. She says the granddaughter was away on a trip with her grandma at the time. Today, police tape covered the property, as authorities search for answers.

ROSEMARY CLAYS: And that's who my heart breaks for, is that little girl who no longer has her mother or her grandfather.

ANDREA GRYMES: The prosecutor's office is asking anyone with information about this fire to contact their tip line or the Wayne Police Department. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. In Wayne, New Jersey, Andrea Grymes, CBS 2 News.

- A spokesperson for PSE&G says natural gas did not play a role in the fire. And the names of the victims have not been released.