PATERSON, N.J. (AP/WCBS 880) — New Jersey State Police don’t suspect foul play in the deaths of two homeless people who were killed when their shelter caught fire in a wooded area off Interstate 80.

State Police Sgt. Brian Polite says the man and woman were living in a cardboard shelter on the westbound side near the Route 19 exit in Paterson. Polite says they had cooking utensils.

WCBS 880’s Levon Putney reports from New Jersey

He says a preliminary investigation has found that the two died of smoke inhalation.
The male victim has been identified, but his name was being withheld pending notification of family. The woman’s identity was not immediately known.
The bodies were discovered around 3 a.m. Thursday when firefighters responded to a report of a small brush fire.

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