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WARREN, Ohio - An elderly couple is flown to Akron Children's Hospital's Burn Center for treatment to their injuries after their home caught fire Wednesday morning.

Warren Fire Chief Ken Nussle tells 21 News that Jeanne and Dick Brugler were both breathing when they were removed from their home in the 1300 block of Beechcrest St. Northwest. The couple are believed to be in their 80s.

Nussle credits neighbors for helping firefighters on the scene locate Jeanne in a downstairs bedroom. 

"She could have died had they not known where she was," Nussle says.

Three fire crews and Warren police were called to the scene at about 11:15 a.m. When they arrived, the home was surrounded by a thick smoke, that was pouring out of the windows and doors of the home.

"We know the heaviest volume was in this portion of the house where they say there's a recreation room, but right now we're just speculating if that even where it originated," Nussle says.

Investigators speculate the fire started in a downstairs recreation room.

Authorities are trying to determine if a cigarette could be to blame, and the estimated damages left behind.

Dick Brugler suffered burns in his respiratory track according to Chief Nussle. The Warren couple was flown to Akron for treatment after they were taken away from the scene by EMS.

Stay connected with wfmj.com and 21 News for the latest on this developing story.
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