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Cleanup crews work at the scene of a house fire Wednesday at 110 S. Union St. in Dwight. The fire was reported at 12:33 a.m., and Fire Chief Paul Johnson confirmed that two men died on the lower floor of the house. Two other people escaped from the second floor.

JULIA EVELSIZER, THE PANTAGRAPH

DWIGHT — The Livingston County Coroner's office has identified the two men killed in a Wednesday morning house fire in Dwight.

In a statement released Thursday morning, Coroner Danny Watson said Guy Sassenger, 46, and Chad David Weber, 42, died in the blaze. Both men lived at the residence.

Watson said the men were identified through dental records, tattoos and interviews with relatives.

Autopsies were completed on Wednesday; results are pending completion of the investigation.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Dwight Fire and Police departments, the Illinois State Fire Marshal's Office, MABAS 15 Task Force and Watson's office.

The fire department was called at 12:33 a.m. Wednesday to the house located at 110 S. Union St. The house is divided into two apartments, said Fire Chief Paul Johnson.

While fighting the blaze, firefighters found the two men dead on the first floor. Two residents on the second story were awakened by smoke detectors and were able to escape, Johnson said. 

The co-owner of the residence, William Aug, told The Pantagraph that investigators and the state fire marshal's office think the fire started in the downstairs kitchen.

He had insurance on the property, but described it as a total loss. A cost estimate has not yet been completed.

"I lost two of my dearest friends," he said. 

No firefighters were injured. 

The fire department was assisted by Gardner, Odell, Pontiac, Braidwood, Campus-Emington, Braceville, Limestone, Coal City, Morris and Mason fire departments as well as SELCAS, Dwight and Duffy Ambulances.

Follow Julia Evelsizer on Twitter: @pg_evelsizer

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