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Two Dead In Suspicious Chinatown Fire Were Shot, Police Say

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NYPD detectives on Friday were treating a fatal Chinatown fire as a crime scene after the two victims were found shot.

The New York City Fire Department said crews were dispatched to a six-floor tenement located at 83 Henry Street in Chinatown at around 10:40 a.m.

Fire officials said there were two separate fires in the first floor apartment - one in the bedroom and one in another room.

When firefighters pulled the two bodies out of the bedroom, officials discovered each victim was shot in the head.

At least 65 firefighters were called in to fight the fire which was contained within minutes.

A Chinese-speaking reporter told NY1 about what a home health aid saw when checking on a client at the building.

"She's there to take care of an old lady and then she smelled something," the reporter said. "So she called her company to tell them that there was a fire. Then, when the firefighters come, they told her to stay in the apartment until they let her down."

The Medical Examiner will determine the victims' cause of death.

Police have no motive for the shooting and made no arrests.

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