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Mother and adult son die in Jackson Township house fire

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JACKSON TOWNSHIP, Ohio - We now know more about the early morning house fire that killed a Jackson Township woman and her adult son.

The fire broke out sometime around 1:00 a.m. Sunday at a home on North Duck Creek Road.

Jackson Township firefighters, with the help of four neighboring departments, believe the blaze started in the garage and then quickly spread to the adjoining house.

Jackson Township Fire Chief Dave Graham says, "The State Fire Marshal said it happened in the corner of the garage. The back corner of the garage by the house steps, and he found nothing that was suspicious to him."

But the State Fire Marshal is still working to determine the exact cause of the deadly blaze.

The names of the victims have not been officially released, but several friends confirm that they are Audrey Lunsford and her adult son Todd who have rented the home for the last three years.

Todd's body was found in the garage, his mother, in her 70's, was recovered in a back bedroom.

Kelly Teeters is a friend of the victims and also the owner of the home. "Audrey was a wonderful woman. Very loving, church going, and she just had so much love. I just hope she didn't suffer," Teeters said.

The victim's church pastor, Reverend Mitch Meadors of the General Assembly of God Church in Newton Falls, tells 21 News that the church will be accepting donations to help the family with expenses.

"It's sad, but Audrey wouldn't exchange it now. She has laid down the cross for a crown," Pastor Meadors says.

Fire Chief Graham says in his 37 years on the job in Jackson Township this is the first fatal fire, and he says firefighters found no smoke detectors in the home, something he believes, in this case, could have saved lives."

"I tell everybody they ought to have their smoke detectors working. I do believe that would have saved lives. We found no smoke detectors in the house."

A firefighter from Milton Township was also injured at the scene during a fall breaking both his nose and his hand.

Autopsies will be performed on both the fire victims on Tuesday to determine their exact cause of death.

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