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Elderly couple pulled from Temple house fire dies from injuries

Posted at 4:45 AM, Sep 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-02 16:19:34-04

TEMPLE, TX — An elderly couple who was pulled from a house fire in Temple Wednesday morning has died from their injuries.

Temple Fire & Rescue responded to the 900 block of S. 21st St. at 2:46 a.m. Wednesday.

When firefighters arrived, they found heavy smoke and flames coming from the garage of the home. Firefighters quickly knocked down the flames and got the fire under control.

While crews were extinguishing the fire, a search team found two people inside who weren't able to escape during the fire.

The two were taken to Baylor Scott & White in Temple and later succumbed to their injuries. The official cause of death will be determined by the Justice of the Peace and Medical Examiner.

Temple Fire says while the fire damage to the interior of the house was minimal, the residence was full of heavy smoke when the first fire crews arrived.

Deputy Fire Marshals investigating the incident have determined the cause of the fire was electrical in nature, and possibly storm related.

The investigators also determined there was only one smoke alarm in the residence but say it did not appear to be in working condition.