This is all that remains at the home along 9th Street in Tell City after a fire claims the life of one of the residents living there. The Perry County Coroner's Office confirms that sixty-two year old, Charles Huff, died of smoke inhalation inside the home. Officials confirm the fire started on the porch, and was an accident.
Today, Shirley Cronin woke up in the home he shared with his son and close friend Charles Huff. Today, this is all that is left. Today, Cronin barely made it out alive. "I was just sitting there watching in my chair, and I started smelling smoke. I got up to see where it was coming from," says Cronin. Cronin says he was inside and his friend, Charles Huff, was outside smoking. Moments later Cronin says he smelled smoke and immediately looked for a way out. "I headed for the door and opened the door, and a blaze shot in at me. I turned around, and headed back, and a blaze shot in through the window at me," says Cronin. He says he escaped through a back door just in time, but his friend suffered a different fate. "He was just like a brother. That is how we felt about each other." Sixty-Four year old, Charles Huff, was found inside the home and the Perry County Coroner says he died from smoke inhalation.
Greg Linne serves as both Tell City's Fire Chief and on the police force. He says neighbors called 911 after they saw flames around three-thirty this evening. "I was working the police department. I could see smoke a few blocks away. It was a fully involved fire once we arrived," says Linne.
Officials are still working to determine how the fire started, but Cronin says he is pretty sure what happened. "He was out there a little earlier smoking, and he put it in the ash tray, and the wind carried over, and that's when the stuff lit on fire." Cronin says the Red Cross will be helping him until he can find a permanent home.