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Father, son critically injured jumping from upper level of burning home in Brainerd

Their home caught fire in the early morning hours on Sunday.

A father and son were forced to jump from the second story of their burning home on Sunday, leaving both with critical injuries. 

The Brainerd Police Department was first on the scene after the fire was reported just before 2:20 a.m., and upon arrival they found the pair trapped inside and the home fully engulfed in flames. 

The father and son, identified as Richard and 16-year-old Renzen Caughey. jumped to escape. They were airlifted to a Twin Cities hospital to treat their injuries, which are severe. 

According to a GoFundMe for the family, Richard suffered neck, head, and back injuries and his son, Renzen, was treated for smoke inhalation. 

The Brainerd Dispatch, citing an email from a neighborhood association the family is involved with, reports that Richard may be paralyzed from the waste down and Renzen was placed in a medically-induced coma to help his lungs rest. 

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Fire departments from around the Brainerd area helped put out the fire, but the home is a total loss. 

The cause of the fire is unknown, although it is believed to have started on the porch. 

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