- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 21, 2017

PARISH, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities are trying to determine what caused a fire that killed a central New York couple and destroyed their rural home.

Officials in Oswego County say the fire broke out around 8:45 a.m. Sunday in the town of Parish, 25 miles north of Syracuse.

Authorities say 49-year-old Richard Nicholas made it to a window and yelled for help but couldn’t get out of the burning home. His body was found inside.

After firefighters extinguished the blaze they found a woman’s body inside the home. Officials haven’t released the woman’s identity yet, but family and neighbors say the woman was Richard’s 50-year-old wife, Verna.

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