HAMILTON (Mercer) — A woman and a baby died in a house fire early Friday morning.

As torrential rain poured down from Tropical Storm Elsa, fire broke out in a duplex residence on Woodlawn Avenue. The fire spread to the attached home about 3:10 a.m., Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri told the Townsquare News Network.

Onofri said an adult woman and a 9-month-old baby died in the fire but did not disclose their identities.

Several other people are also hospitalized but Onofri did not have an exact number.

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The roof partially caved in during the fire, according to the prosecutor.

Investigators from the Prosecutor's Office and Hamilton police were speaking with family members and are in the process of obtaining a warrant to enter the houses.

The New Jersey chapter of the American Red Cross said it was assisting family members.

MidJersey.news contributed to this report

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