Couple rescued from burning house

Beechcrest St. N.W. fire

WARREN, OHIO (WKBN) – Firefighters were able to rescue an elderly couple from a house fire in Warren on Wednesday.

Neighbors noticed heavy smoke pouring from the house on Beechcrest Street N.W. around 10:30 a.m. and tried to enter the home to help the couple, but the smoke was too heavy.

The residents were identified as Richard and Jeanie Brugler.

Emergency crews arrived and were able to locate the man and woman, believed to be in their 80’s, and bring them out of the house.

Both suffered smoke inhalation and were taken to the Burn Unit at Akron Children’s Hospital in Akron.

Luckily, neighbors familiar with the couple were able to alert firefighters as to the exact location of the woman inside the house. She was found lying on the bed in a back bedroom.

Richard Brugler was able to make it to a back porch and attempted to enter he house to help rescue his wife, but was overcome with smoke.

Neighbor Jay Wonders said he also tried to go into the home to rescue Jeanie, but the smoke was too much for him.

“I couldn’t get in and I couldn’t do anything. I just broke the windows, so hopefully some air would get in there for her. I could see her breathing in there, but I couldn’t get in there,” Wonders said.

Warren Fire Chief Ken Nussle said Wonders was instrumental in helping his men find Jeanie Brugler, who was still trapped.

“Their knowledge of where she might be, informing the police officers who informed our first company of where she might be and due to that, they were able to find her quite quickly and remove her,” Nussle said.

The condition of the victims is not known at this time.

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