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Two dead after house fire in Lebanon Co.

Updated: Tuesday, September 17 2013, 06:27 PM CDT
Written by Brandie Meng

A charred front porch, is what's left at 118 Sheridan Road in Millcreek Township Lebanon County.

A visual image neighbors say they are having a hard time dealing with, "The fire was blowing out the first floor and the front of the building, it was ripping," says Newmanstown Fire Chief Scott Wolfe.

Chief Wolfe confirms a husband and wife in their 60's died. We're told both were found trying to get to the closest escape.  The County Corner identified the couple as Philip and June Long.

Chief Wolfe says it's a small town and he and many others knew the couple quite well.  "Very well they are the type of people who would do anything for anyone who needs something. They'd give the shirts off their back if they had to help in anyway and anybody."

Ed Beamesterfer is a neighbor who says they will be missed. "Every time you went past they'd beep the horn to us. It's a bad thing."

Heather Keppley has fond memories and smiles as she tells CBS 21, they loved their cats.  "She'd be so excited about her cats and say, oh look at this and this is so and so. They were being bad and she'd have to yell at them and discipline them."

At least 3 cats are known to have died.

Chief Wolfe says a smoke alarm was found on the second floor but investigators aren't sure if it was working.

No smoke alarms were found on the first floor, which is where it's believed the fire began.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.Two dead after house fire in Lebanon Co.

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