DICKSON, TN – Two people died in a fire at a residence in west Dickson Tuesday evening.
The identities of the victims are not being released pending confirmation by the state medical examiner’s office.
Dickson Fire Department Chief Richard Greer said the fire in a home at the corner of West Railroad and McKenzie streets was reported around 6:30 pm Tuesday. When firefighters arrived, flames were coming out the front and the two-story home was about 50 percent involved.
Greer said the two male victims were found inside the home.
The chief said Fire Marshal Robby Street has begun an investigation to determine a cause of the fire.
No firefighters were injured fighting the blaze, which Greer said was made more difficult by the extreme cold, with temperatures in the mid-20s when firefighters responded and falling through the evening.
DICKSON, TN. – The investigation into a Tuesday evening fire that killed two men indicates that a kerosene heater is believed to have started the blaze in a west Dickson home.
Dickson Fire Department Chief Richard Greer says a resident of the home who escaped the blaze told investigators that the men were trying to remove the heater after it caught fire when the fire spread, engulfing them and the living room in flames. Laurie Addington said she had gone to open the door so the men could get the heater out and managed to escape the home when the fire started.
The state medical examiner’s office confirmed the identities of the victims as 53-year-old Jeffrey O’Neil Pimer and 29-year-old Joshua Perez, who lived in the home at 312 West Railroad St.
Greer said a neighbor called 911 around 6:30 pm Tuesday to report the fire. When firefighters arrived, flames were coming out the front of the home, which he said was about 50 percent involved at the time, Firefighters found the two victims inside the home.
Greer said it is not clear what caused the kerosene heater to catch fire.