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UPDATE: 2 teens die in Brown Co. house fire

RUSSELLVILLE, OH (FOX19) - Authorities say two teenagers have died in a house fire in Brown County.

Officials say Danny Courts, 19, of Russellville, and his girlfriend, Tiffany Rhoades, 19, of Georgetown, were found dead in the home after flames broke out around 7 p.m. Monday night on West North Street.

A passerby spotted the fire and was able to get Courts' grandmother and uncle out of the house. Russellville Police Chief Bill Collett said the house was engulfed in flames by the time firefighters arrived, and they were unable to rescue the teens from the back of the home.

Fire investigators and the coroner's office were investigating Tuesday. Total damages to the home have not been determined.

Neighbors told investigators that Courts was seen carrying a container of kerosene into the home just minutes before the fire broke out. However, a kerosene heater in the room where the couple was found did not catch fire, and while the lid was melted on the container of kerosene, it did not catch fire either.

Preliminary investigation is that an extension cord running across the floor of the room may have sparked the fire.

"The reason why they could not get out is undetermined at this time," said Matt Neu, Russellville Fire Chief. "We really don't know why they could not get out."

Investigators also hope autopsy results on the teens will help in solving this case.

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