MIDDLETOWN, NJ (PIX11) — Dark char marks scarred the top of the small white home at 30 Ideal Avenue Wednesday morning. The deadly fire began in a 2nd floor bedroom Tuesday night, according to officials.
And inside that home, a mother and daughter did not survive. The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s office identified the victims as 53 year-old Diane Young and 27 year-old Jacquelin Young.
“I felt so bad. That’s was horrible. I thought that they would have escaped the fire, evidently that was not the case,” said neighbor Vionet McCombs. According to McCombs, Diane was a mail carrier and Jacquelin was a part-time nanny.
The fire began around 10:45 Tuesday night, according to the Middletown Fire Department. There was heavy smoke and fire coming from the 2nd floor and officials said it took about 20 to 30 minutes to extinguish the flames. The women were taken out of the house in body bags just over 6 hours after the fire started.
“We suspected that the residents may still be in there just due to the fact that they weren’t outside the home when we arrived,” said Middletown Fire Department Chief John D’Altilio.
Fire marshals and police searched inside and outside the home overnight gathering evidence. The fire department and detectives left the scene around 6 o’clock Wednesday morning, but yellow tape stayed up around the home.
Now considered a criminal case, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office is in charge of the investigation.