Russell Springs man passes away after house fire Friday night

A Russell Springs man passed away following a house fire that occurred off West Highway 80 Friday evening.

According to the Russell Springs Fire Department, firefighters were dispatched to a home located at 2164 West Highway 80 at around 8:30 p.m.

Fire officials said the homeowner, 72-year-old Phillip Justice, passed away at the University of Louisville Hospital after succumbing to injuries sustained in the fire.

According to reports, his son helped rescue him from the burning home and sustained minor burns. He was treated at Russell County Hospital and released.

Fire crews were on scene for about two hours and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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