Coroner: Two teens killed in fire at Rowan County home

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Posted at 10:55 AM, Jan 18, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-19 15:55:31-05

ROWAN COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Two teens have died in a fire that occurred Tuesday morning at a home off Pretty Ridge Road.

Rowan County Coroner John Northcutt says 18-year-old Charles "Charlie" Meade, of Rowan County, and 17-year-old Deegan Beane, of Carter County, died of smoke inhalation. Beane is a senior at West Carter High School.

Northcutt, who is also assistant fire chief, says that Meade lived at the home with another guy and that Beane was a guest. No foul play is suspected at this time.

Officials responded to the fire at around 7:00 a.m. Tuesday after a neighbor reported a fire at the building with people inside.

He also says that they battled the flames aggressively, but the fire was raging when they arrived.

Kentucky State Police and arson investigators are looking into it what might have caused the fire.