2 dead following house fire in Rabun County

Courtesy: Georgia Insurance Commissioner's Office

CLAYTON, Ga. (AP) - Two people are dead following a house fire in Rabun County.

Multiple media outlets report that investigators believe the homeowners, 71-year-old Joseph Kneer and his wife, 77-year-old Phyllis Kneer, both died in the Sunday morning blaze.

Georgia insurance commissioner's office spokesman Glenn Allen says firefighters discovered the bodies in the rubble. They have been taken to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab for an autopsy and official identification.

Investigators suspect the fire, which destroyed the home, started in the kitchen area. The exact cause remains under investigation.