A house was set on fire early Friday to cover the slayings of at least two adults and three children, police said.

The bodies were found after fire ravaged the wood-frame house in Fishkill, 60 miles north of New York City.

State Police Maj. William Carey called it "a fire to cover the killing" of at least five people. It was not clear how the victims were killed.

No other information about the victims was immediately available. Neighbors said the victims were renting the house.

"We're just starting the investigation at this point," Carey said.

State police said a burned-out car found about a half mile from the house played a role in the slayings, though it was not clear how.

Dozens of firefighters, police officers and rescue workers were still on the scene hours later.