STRATFORD - Fire officials say two people are dead after a massive fire destroyed a Stratford home at about 10 p.m. Friday night.

Investigators recovered the remains of 86-year-old Margaret Anurum and 73-year-old Samuel Gardner Saturday afternoon. Officials say they were unable to conduct a thorough search of the Kathleen Drive house until daylight Saturday due to the thick smoke and low visibility after the fire was put out.

Neighbors say the flames spread quickly, destroying the home within minutes. According to firefighters, the nearest hydrant to the home was about 2,000 feet away.

Officials have yet to determine the cause and source of the fire.