Brother charged after family found dead in Colts Neck mansion fire

The brother of the man found dead along with his wife and two kids at his burning New Jersey mansion has been arrested, authorities said Wednesday.

Paul Caneiro, 51, the brother of Keith Caneiro, 50, was booked at the Monmouth County jail in Freehold Wednesday morning on a charge of aggravated arson, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office said.

Paul, who is business partners with Keith at the Asbury Park-based tech firm Square One, was busted in connection with the blaze that tore through his own Ocean Township home earlier in the day Tuesday, officials said.

According to a criminal complaint, Paul set the fire to his Tilton Drive residence “by using gasoline and igniting the gasoline causing the residence to catch fire while his wife and two daughters were inside.”

More than seven hours after the fire erupted inside of Paul’s home, a suspicious blaze broke out at around 12:30 p.m. inside of Keith’s sprawling home in Colts Neck roughly 12 miles away.

Keith’s body was found outside the $1.5 million-dollar, five-bedroom home with a gunshot wound that did not appear to be self-inflicted, sources had told NJ.com.

The dead bodies of Keith’s wife, Jennifer, 45, and their two children were pulled from the charred wreckage of the home on Willow Brook Road.

“Unfortunately, they were burned severely as a result of the fire they were exposed to,” Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni had said at a press conference Tuesday.

Officials believe that the fires are connected, according to WABC.

A neighbor of Paul’s told NJ.com that the accused arsonist was visibly upset hours after the fire at his home was extinguished.

“He said, ‘It must’ve been a gas leak.’ He has tears in his eyes. [His wife] Susan was devastated,” the neighbor said. “He said, ‘I’m in complete shock. I can’t believe this is happening to me.’”

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