Officials: Fire that killed elderly couple in Elkins Park was an accident

- Authorities say an early morning fire claimed the lives of an elderly couple on Sunday. 

By Sunday evening around 7 p.m., they determined the fire was an accident cause by an electrical source. 

The two-alarm fire ripped through a twin home, according to Montgomery County officials.

It first broke out in the front room of the home around 4:30 a.m. on the 600 block on Spring Avenue. According to officials, Roy Finestone, 98, was found in the room. His wife, Helen Finestone, 98, was found in the bathroom next to it.

The couple was married for more than 70 years before their lives tragically ended Sunday morning.

A neighbor spotted the flames and called 911.

Officials say the fire went through the walls and extended all the way to the attic making it difficult for the firefighters to contain the flames. 

The blaze was finally placed under control just before 7 a.m.

The attached home next door only has some smoke damage to it, according to crews on scene. 

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
 

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