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Man, woman perish in Newaygo County fire

After the fire was put out, crews found the remains of the homeowners inside.

NEWAYGO COUNTY, Mich. — A man and woman are found dead after a fire destroyed a Newaygo County home early Tuesday morning. 

The Newaygo County Sheriff's Office says just before 5 a.m., deputies along with fire crews from various departments responded to a fire in the 6400 block of N. Cottonwood Ave. in Norwich Township. 

When deputies made it to the home, the house was engulfed with flames. 

After speaking with neighbors, authorities learned that an 80-year-old male and his 68-year-old wife lived there. 

A family member confirmed to 13 On Your Side the victims are Eddy and Sally Thebo, a married couple who lived in the house for more than 40 years.

After the fire was put out, crews found the remains of the homeowners inside. 

David Brown, a neighbor, was lying in bed when was awakened by the sound of an explosion. He rushed outside and captured startling video of the fire on his cell phone. He called 911. 

"I knew they were in there. Apparently she just got home yesterday from the doctor and was on oxygen so [firefighters] said that was possibly what I heard explode. The oxygen tank," Brown said. "It's awful. They have been here forever and everybody in the neighborhood knows them. It's devastating. They're going to be missed."

At this point, both the cause of the fire and their cause of death remain under investigation. 

Anyone with information related to the fire can contact D/Sgt Wimmer at 231-689-7303.

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