Pleasure Ridge Park firefighters responded to the structure fire call just after 4:30 PM Sunday in the 13000 block of Ashlawn Drive in southern Jefferson County’s Valley Station neighborhood.
Despite getting the blaze under control within 10 minutes of responding, two men inside the house were already dead. Although officials believe the cause of death to likely be due to smoke inhalation, the official cause is pending from the medical examiner.
Upon arriving, firefighters found heavy flames pouring from the kitchen area of the house. Traffic into and out of the neighborhood was blocked as the flames were extinguished and the scene was contained before being reopened later in the evening.
The two victims of the house fire are believed to have been in their 60s and 80s, respectively.
UPDATE: The names of the victims have been released. The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office confirmed that Tilden Thompson, Jr., age 88, and his son, Michael Thompson, age 59, died from smoke inhalation.