2 kids, 2 adults dead in arson fire at mansion

COLTS NECK, N.J. (AP) — Two children and two adults were found dead Tuesday at a burning mansion that was intentionally set ablaze in an upscale town near the New Jersey shore, officials said.

One of the owners of the home is a technology CEO with a relative whose house not far away also caught fire Tuesday, records show. Authorities said they were investigating whether there was a link.

A man was found dead outside the burning mansion in Colts Neck, and the three others were found inside, Monmouth County prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni said at a news conference.

The three found inside were severely burned, making it difficult to identify them, he said. No identities have been released, and a medical examiner was still investigating the manner and cause of death for all four, he said.

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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)
FILE - This Nov. 21, 2018, booking file photo provided by the Ocean Township Police Department shows Paul Caneiro. Caniero has been charged with setting his own family home on fire on the same day as fire destroyed his brother and business partner's home home. The bodies of his brother, sister-in-law and their two children were found at Keith Canerio's Colts N.J. home. No one has yet been charged for their murders. (Ocean Township Police Department, File)
Firefighters carry a stretcher to the scene of a fatal fire at 15 Willow Brook Rd. Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, in Colts Neck,N.J. Authorities say two adults and two children were found dead at the scene of a burning mansion near the New Jersey shore. Monmouth County prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni says the fire continues to burn late Tuesday afternoon at the two-story home in Colts Neck. He says one body was found out front. He is not yet identifying the victims.(AP Photo/Noah K. Murray)
The site of a quadruple homicide and a fire is seen in Colts Neck, N.J., Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. Prosecutors say financial motives led a New Jersey technology executive to kill his brother, the brother's wife and their young children before setting fire to their two homes. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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)
Authorities gather Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, in Colts Neck,N.J., to investigate the aftermath of fatal fire that killed two children and two adults. Authorities say two adults and two children were found dead the day before at the scene of a burning mansion near the New Jersey shore. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray)
Monmouth County Prosecutor Chris Gramiccioni speaks at a news conference in Freehold, N.J., Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. A homeowner who died along with his wife and two children as their luxury home went up in flames suffered a gunshot wound and all four are considered to be homicide victims, prosecutors in New Jersey said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)
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)
Pedestrians walk away from the scene of a fatal at 15 Willow Brook Rd. Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, in Colts Neck,N.J. Authorities say two adults and two children were found dead at the scene of a burning mansion near the New Jersey shore. Monmouth County prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni says the fire continues to burn late Tuesday afternoon at the two-story home in Colts Neck. He says one body was found out front. He is not yet identifying the victims.(AP Photo/Noah K. Murray)
Law enforcement officials gather Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, in Colts Neck,N.J., to investigate the aftermath of fatal fire that killed two children and two adults. Authorities say two adults and two children were found dead the day before at the scene of a burning mansion near the New Jersey shore. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray)
Tributes are hung on a fence in front of the house that was the site of a quadruple homicide in Colts Neck, N.J., Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. Prosecutors say financial motives led a New Jersey technology executive to kill his brother, the brother's wife and their young children before setting fire to their two homes. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
This image released by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, shows Paul Caneiro, who prosecutor charged Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, with aggravated arson. He's accused of setting fire to his own home in Ocean Township, N.J. That fire took place early Tuesday morning before authorities responded to a deadly blaze at the Colts Neck mansion owned by Caneiro's brother Keith and Keith's wife, Jennifer.
Colts Neck and Howell police officers block the road Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, in Colts Neck, N.J., leading to the scene of a fatal fire that killed two children and two adults. Authorities say two adults and two children were found dead the day before at the scene of a burning mansion near the New Jersey shore. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray)
Tributes are hung on a fence in front of the house that was the site of a quadruple homicide in Colts Neck, N.J., Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. Prosecutors say financial motives led a New Jersey technology executive to kill his brother, the brother's wife and their young children before setting fire to their two homes. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2018 file photo, authorities gather in Colts Neck, N.J., to investigate the aftermath of fatal fire that killed two children and two adults. The bodies of Keith Caneiro, his wife Jennifer Caneiro, their children Jesse, 11, and Sophia 8, were found at the scene: all victims of an apparent homicide. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray, File)
Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni speaks during a news conference in Freehold, N.J., Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. Prosecutors say financial motives led a New Jersey technology executive to kill his brother, the brother's wife and their young children before setting fire to their two homes. Paul Caneiro is now charged with murder in the deaths of 50-year-old Keith Caneiro, his 45-year-old wife Jennifer and their children, 11-year-old Jesse and 8-year-old Sophia. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Firefighters work the scene of a fatal at 15 Willow Brook Rd. Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, in Colts Neck,N.J. Authorities say two adults and two children were found dead at the scene of a burning mansion near the New Jersey shore. Monmouth County prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni says the fire continues to burn late Tuesday afternoon at the two-story home in Colts Neck. He says one body was found out front. He is not yet identifying the victims.(AP Photo/Noah K. Murray)
Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni, center, speaks during a news conference in Freehold, N.J., Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. Prosecutors say financial motives led a New Jersey technology executive to kill his brother, the brother's wife and their young children before setting fire to their two homes. Paul Caneiro is now charged with murder in the deaths of 50-year-old Keith Caneiro, his 45-year-old wife Jennifer and their children, 11-year-old Jesse and 8-year-old Sophia. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Authorities gather Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, in Colts Neck,N.J., to investigate the aftermath of fatal fire that killed two children and two adults. Authorities say two adults and two children were found dead the day before at the scene of a burning mansion near the New Jersey shore. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray)
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"It's important to emphasize that we have no reason to believe that anyone in the community is in any danger at this time," he said.

Firefighters responded to the fire around 1:30 p.m., and hours later, the fire continued to burn at the home, surrounded by fields and featuring a large swimming pool.

Video showed smoke pouring from the roof of the two-story home in Colts Neck as firefighters battled the blaze.

Helicopter footage showed a sheet in the middle of the yard next to the house with police tape cordoning off the area.

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's online platform.

There also was a fire this morning at a home in Ocean Township, police and prosecutors said. That home, about 10 miles 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.

When asked if the two fires were connected, Gramiccioni said, "That remains to be seen but that is an angle we continue to pursue."

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