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Update: Fire near Rineyville kills two

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Victims formally identified after autopsies

By Marty Finley

Fire officials were searching for clues to the cause of a Monday morning fire that claimed two lives in the Rineyville area.

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Hardin County Coroner Bill Lee said the bodies of Houston "Butch" Beswick, 44, and Carol Crain, 49, were found inside the single-story home. Autopsies performed Tuesday confirmed that smoke inhalation was the cause of death.

The bodies were recovered from the rural residence in the 800 block of Long Hollow Road a few hours after fire crews arrived.

Authorities responded to a 911 call that came in around 5:15 a.m. Monday. Rineyville Fire Chief Shane Crutcher said the home was fully engulfed in flames by the time crews arrived. Firefighters found no smoke detectors inside the home, he added.

Lee said he hoped autopsies could be performed Monday afternoon, but the federal holiday required the autopsies to be scheduled this morning.

Hardin County Sheriff Charlie Williams, who was at the scene, said his office ruled out foul play in the cause of the fire unless the autopsy results indicate wrongdoing.

Crutcher said it took about an hour for firefighters to contain the blaze, which destroyed the home and left layers of black char on what was left of its white exterior. He said fire officials believed they had found the point of origin of the fire Monday afternoon, but had yet to determine a cause.

Deputy State Fire Marshal Chris Crawford said winds were an obstacle firefighters faced as they battled the blaze.

Neighbors and onlookers stood outside the home to get a look at the destruction, waiting on information on the cause and information about the victims.

The Rineyville Fire Department was assisted on scene by numerous agencies, including Hardin County EMS, Hardin County Sheriff’s Office and the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Marty Finley can be reached at (270) 505-1762 or mfinley@thenewsenterprise.com.