Police are treating the death of a mother and her young daughter, found inside as a burned van near King City on Monday, as a double murder-attempted suicide.

The charred vehicle was located on 7th Concession, a country road north of 16th Sideroad in York Region. When police arrived, it was engulfed in flames.

A man, believed to be the husband, was taken to hospital suffering from severe burns. His injuries are considered non-life threatening.

Police were alerted to the scene when a man suffering from burns ran to a nearby resident and pleaded with him to call 911.

The licence plate on the van has been traced to a home in Toronto's east end on Barnsley Court, near Warden Avenue and Ellesmere Road.

Toronto and York Region investigators are releasing few details about the case.

Neighbours told CTV News a little girl, woman, an older gentleman and a third adult lived at the home. They described them as a "friendly people."

"They recently moved in. They were very nice, very friendly people," said one neighbour. "They had a little kid there with them, very pleasant child."

One neighbour, who identified herself as Natasha, said described the family as loving.

"I always saw them together in the backyard, and I talked to the little girl, she was very playful."

A man named Tyrell said he was shocked to learn of the details.

"Did I notice anything out of the ordinary? Not at all, that's the funny thing," he said.

Another neighbour said a man living at the house was a self-employed contractor who recently completed renovations on the house.

Some neighbours said police had been called to the home in the past for domestic troubles.

The man in hospital is under a police guard. Homicide officers hope to be speak with him soon through a Vietnamese interpreter, CTV's Jim Junkin reported.

The identities of the victims have not yet been released.

With reports from CTV's Matet Nebres and Jim Junkin