The 14 injured individuals were treated for smoke inhalation

By Helen Murphy
November 05, 2019 11:07 AM
A Navajo hogan 
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Two people were killed and 14 others were injured during a religious ceremony on a Navajo reservation in New Mexico, police said.

According to KOAT, the traditional Navajo ceremony took place on the Alamo Navajo Reservation in Socorro County, New Mexico, beginning on Saturday night. A spokesperson with the Navajo Police Department confirmed to PEOPLE that the 14 injured individuals were suffering from smoke inhalation.

KOAT reported that the type of ceremony that was held on Saturday evening typically lasts throughout the night and takes place inside a hogan — a traditional Navajo shelter made out of logs. During the ceremony, an open fire pit had been burning inside the hogan.

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The Navajo Police Department told PEOPLE that a woman found two people unresponsive on the floor inside the hogan early Sunday morning. First responders performed CPR, but the two individuals were later pronounced dead. Their causes of death are still undetermined.

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Meanwhile, the 14 injured people were treated on-site for smoke inhalation, police said.

The Alamo Navajo Reservation did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

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