GREENUP (JG-TC) -- Two men died in a house fire Saturday night at 518 North Mill St. in Greenup.
Cumberland County Coroner Chuck Layton said Timothy Thomas, 28, and his uncle, Darrell Albert, 60, were pronounced dead at 10:45 p.m. Saturday after the blaze.
Greenup Fire Protection District personnel were called to the location about 9:20 p.m. Both men lived at the house, as did Thomas' wife Valerie and two of his children, girls ages 2 and 4, Layton said. The Thomas family was outside when the fire started, according to the coroner.
“Timothy went inside to try to save Darrell and didn’t make it out," Layton said.
Greenup fire Chief Michael Carlen said officials are leaning toward an air conditioning unit in a bedroom window as the cause of the blaze.
Albert was not in that bedroom but was in another bedroom across the hall when the fire occurred, Carlen said. The intensity of the blaze stopped firefighters from being able to rescue the two men.
“It was pretty hot, a lot of intense smoke. It was just way too hot for them,” Carlen said.
Greenup firefighters were assisted by personnel from Toledo, Montrose and Casey fire protection districts. They cleared the scene around 3 a.m. Sunday, Carlen said.
The fire is still under investigation with assistance from the Illinois State Fire Marshal's office.