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Names of Victims in Weekend House Fire in Jackson County Released

MURPHYSBORO – The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Monday afternoon released the names of the two people who died in a house fire Saturday.

Just before 6:30 p.m., the sheriff’s office received a 911 call about a structure fire in rural Rockwood.

When first responders arrived, the home was fully engulfed. Firefighters from the Campbell Hill Fire Protection District and all surrounding agencies responded to assist with firefighting efforts. Officials say Jackson and Cynthia Clendenin died in the fire.

The fire remains under investigation.

Participating emergency service agencies include the Campbell Hill Fire Department, Jackson County Ambulance Service, Ava Fire Department, Steeleville Fire Department, Sparta Fire Department, Chester Fire Department, Percy Fire Department, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal.