Husband and wife killed in Elkins Park fire

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Husband and wife killed in Elkins Park fire. Bob Brooks reports during Action News at 11 p.m. on July 23, 2017.

A husband and wife in their 90s are dead after a fast moving two alarm fire swept through a home in Elkins Park, Montgomery County early Sunday morning.

The fire was reported around 4:45 a.m. at the home located on the 600 block of Spring Avenue.

Heavy flames were showing when fire crews arrived.

The fire was located on the second floor and quickly spread through the roof.

The victims have been identified as Roy and Helen Finestone, both 98 years old. Both were found in the front, first floor bedroom.

The family tells us that Roy was a World War II veteran in the Navy. He was sent to the south Pacific during the war, and when he returned home he became an accountant, opening up his own practice.

Helen helped out at the office with Roy, and we're told she was a terrific mother, raising her two children.

Fire officials say there were fire detectors inside, but it's not yet clear if they were fully functional.

The investigators determined the fire accidental in nature due to an electrical source.

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Raw footage from the scene of a fatal fire in Elkins Park on July 23, 2017.

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Watch the report from Bob Brooks on Action News at noon on July 23, 2017.


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