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Updated Oct 22, 2013 - 8:41 am

Couple placed in medical comas after house explosion near Phoenix

PEORIA, Ariz. -- A man and his girlfriend who were both critically burned in a Peoria house explosion are improving but face a long road to recovery.

Authorities said 32-year-old Beau Zimbro and 21-year-old Tiara Del Rio have been in a medically induced coma since the day after the Oct. 15 explosion, believed to have been caused by a natural gas-line break.

Arizona Burn Center doctors at Maricopa Medical Center said the couple won't be leaving the center for at least two months.

They said Zimbro has first- and second-degree burns over 60 percent of his body while about half of Del Rio's body is covered in second-degree burns.

Peoria police said Zimbro and Del Rio were inside the house near Cholla Street and 75th Avenue when she lit a candle that acted as a detonator for the explosion.

Friends and family members are worried about mounting medical bills for the couple. Donations are being taken at Search for "Tiara Del Rio."

KTAR's Holliday Moore contributed to this article.

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