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Mar 21, 2013 6:24 PM by Josh Breslow

Man Dies In Russell County House Fire

Fire tore through a Russell County home overnight Thursday killing a man and his cat who were trapped inside.

Crews from several agencies were called out to the mobile home on McClendon Road around midnight. Family members of 49-year-old Porter Cain said he was sleeping and never made it out.

"It's something you never expect," Cain's nephew, Trevor McClendon told LEX 18. "It was just a shock. Can't believe it. I still can't believe it. It hasn't sunk in yet."

McClendon described his uncle as "friendly", but also "quiet" and "shy". He said that's why a picture of his uncle from high school is one of only a few in existence.

"He's more like a big brother to me. I've never had a brother, but he was more like a big brother growing up," said McClendon.

Investigators returned to the home Thursday afternoon hoping to determine what sparked the deadly fire. They said it appeared to have started in Cain's bedroom and they labeled it "accidental." An exact cause was still undetermined as of Thursday evening.

"I don't think it was a heater," McClendon said. "I think it was more of a power surge that caused it. I mean, I don't think it was anything to do with human error."

Investigators said the home did not appear to have working smoke detectors at the time of the fire.

The Russell County Coroner told LEX 18 an autopsy on Cain is planned for Friday to determine a cause of death.


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