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Mom, kids found fatally shot in burning home in apparent murder-suicide

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STRASBURG, Pa. - A mother and her two young children were found dead in their burning home in Lancaster County in an apparent murder-suicide.

Police said Carola Arnau, 40, was found shot, along with her 10-year-old daughter, 4-year-old son and dog, while their house burned in Strasburg Township.

The fire was reported around 3 a.m. early Tuesday morning.

Officials said they recovered a gun next to Arnau's body and interviewed people close to the family and determined the incident was domestic.

Authorities said Arnau bought a handgun the day before.

Police Arnau's husband and the children's father lives at the property but was not home at the time of the shootings or when the fire was intentionally set, and they do not believe he was involved.

Officials said the couple was going through a divorce.

Police said no determination has been made on cause and manner of the deaths, but they believe the children were killed in their sleep.

Autopsies are planned for Wednesday morning.


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