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Elderly Temple couple dies after early morning fire

Temple Fire & Rescue responded to a fire at 902 S 21st Street early Wednesday morning after it was reported by a passerby.
Credit: WNEP

TEMPLE, Texas — *The couple pulled from the fire has died according to Temple Fire Chief Mitch Randles. The names of the victims are not being released at this time

Temple Fire & Rescue responded to a fire at 902 S 21st Street early Wednesday morning after it was reported by a passerby.

Crews that first arrived on scene found heavy smoke and flames coming from the garage of the home. The firefighters knocked down the flames and the fire was called under control at 3:22 a.m., according to Temple Fire.

As crews were extinguishing the fire, they found that two people had been home and unable to escape the house during the fire. Both were taken to Baylor Scott & White ER with life-threatening injuries. The couple later died, according to Temple Fire.

While fire damage to the house was minimal, it was full of heavy smoke when fire crews first arrived. The official cause of death will be determined by the Justice of the Peace, and Medical Examiner, according to Temple Fire. 

Deputy Fire Marshals that investigated the incident determined that the cause of the fire was electrical and possibly storm-related. They also found that there was one smoke alarm in the home, but it did not appear to be in working condition.  

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