Man killed in Franklin house fire

A man died after being pulled from a burning home in Franklin early this morning.
The man, whose name has not been released, was taken from the house by firefighters who used a thermal imaging camera to locate him, Franklin Fire Department spokesman Chuck Ridpath said.
This is the third death from a house fire in recent days in Johnson County. On Friday evening, two babies were killed in a fire in Nineveh.

Franklin firefighters were called to a house fire at 140 Herriott St. about 4:30 a.m. and saw heavy smoke coming out of the home, Ridpath said.

One of the residents was already outside but another resident was trapped inside the house.

Firefighters went into the home and, using the thermal imaging camera, found the man inside the kitchen. They pulled him out of the home and then began to work to put out the flames in a back bedroom, Ridpath said.

Both residents were taken to Johnson Memorial Hospital, where the man died, Ridpath said.

Investigators are examining the house to determine a cause of the fire, Ridpath said. Firefighters said the fire is not suspicious, but no preliminary cause has been determined.

The flames were extinguished in about 10 minutes, and firefighters continued working in the house for about two hours, Ridpath said. Most of the damage was confined to the back bedroom, he said.

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