Fire kills elderly couple in northwest Florida

ALLENTOWN, Fla. (AP) - Fire officials are investigating a blaze that killed an elderly couple in northwest Florida.

The Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office says a passing motorist alerted authorities to the fire around 9 p.m. Sunday. Eighty-one-year-old Ingram Lamar Ward was pronounced dead at the scene. His wife, 72-year-old Dorothy Verburg Ward, died later at a hospital. The couple had been married for 52 years.

It's unclear what started the fire.

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