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Authorities search for cause of fatal AC fire

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ATLANTIC CITY -  Neighbors and co-workers were in disbelief after a two-alarm fire tore through a 3-story home leaving two people dead Friday.

"We work together at Bally's for almost 20 years then something happened Friday afternoon from 5-7pm and we don't know what happened," co-worker Peter Jaing.

Firefighters found one woman's body on the third floor.  She was pronounced dead at the scene.  The second victim, Phung Tat, was taken to an area hospital suffering from burns and smoke inhalation where she later succumbed to her injuries.

"Two people dead, wow that's crazy," said next-door neighbor.

"It's definitely a tragedy here as far as the family's loss,” said one onlooker.

Fire officials were back on the scene Saturday morning to begin investigating the cause of the fire, while city employee boarded up scorched home.

"It's real bad, one of the worst I've seen yet," said Atlantic City facilities employee Melvin Buell.

"It looks rough, being a house so big burned down like that so fast; in less than two hours it burned up,” said onlooker.

At the height of the incident, there were 60 fire personnel on hand to help battle the blaze.

According to witnesses, two children were inside the home at the time of the fire, including Tat's son.

"I feel bad for the family.  We know them 20 years,” said Jaing.

According to co-workers, this latest tragedy strikes just a year and half after being displaced by hurricane sandy.

The home sustained significant damage.  Total loss is estimated at 250 to 300 thousand dollars.  The fire also caused collateral damage to neighboring structures.

After beginning their initial investigation Saturday failed to discover the cause, officials say they plan to continue their investigation on Monday.

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