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Wednesday Night Fire in Fair Lawn Turns Up a Gruesome Discovery

Gurbir Grewal
June 2,2016
the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Fair Lawn NJ,  According to Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir Grewal an elderly couple and their adult son were found dead of gunshot wounds inside a burning house at 13-24 Fourth Street late Wednesday night in an apparent double murder suicide.

The Bergen County Prosecutor Richard released the names ;Tempe Sr., 76, and his wife Barbara, 73, and son Richard Jr., 53, adding the fire set intentionally .

Grewal said, “the matter is limited to a domestic event” and that a weapon was recovered.

The fire was reported at 11:36 p.m., Fair Lawn Sgt. Brian Metzler said in a press release early Thursday morning. The grey slate building has a damaged roof and the heat of the fire knocked out the top windows.

Fair Lawn Mayor John Cosgrove said a firefighter was treated at a hospital and released at 3 a.m. He would not disclose the exact nature of his injuries.

The prosecutor’s office is now awaiting the results of a report from the medical examiner on the exact circumstances surrounding the deaths.