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Howland house fire claims second life

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HOWLAND TOWNSHIP, Ohio - Authorities say the second victim of a Howland Township house fire has died.

The Summit County Medical Examiner tells 21 News that 52-year-old Richard Noble died at the burn unit of Akron Children's Hospital just before 4:00 a.m. Thursday.

Noble's mother, 80-year-old Naomi Smith died on Wednesday after fire broke out in the duplex they shared on Pegotty Drive.

Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of  the deaths, but authorities believe both likely succumbed to smoke inhalation.

The state fire marshal has been called in to help determine the cause of the fire.
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