KANNAPOLIS, N.C . -- An elderly couple was killed in an early Monday morning house fire.
Firefighters were called to a home on North Ridge Avenue around 2:30 a.m. after a barking dog alerted neighbors to the fire.
They tried to kick in the door and get the couple out, but couldn't.
"Just tried to knock down this fire until the fire department got here and let them know there was two people in the house," said neighbor Terry Davis.
When fire crews arrived on scene they discovered an elderly couple in the home. Firefighters pulled them out of the home, but could not save the man, who died at the scene.
The woman was taken to CMC Northeast where she later died from her injuries.
Authorities identified the victims as 82-year-old Paul McLendon and his wife, 87-year-old Lilly McClendon.
When firefighters arrived they saw heavy smoke coming from the left side of the house which is the living area, according to the fire officials. Neighbors think an electrical problem might have started the fire, but for now firefighters aren't saying.
Neighbors tell NBC Charlotte that the couple had lived in the house for about 26 years. They had one daughter who rushed over to the scene and then went to the hospital.
"They were like grandparents to me. The daughter is like a sister to me. Real good people, real friendly, do anything for you. I hate to see them gone, just a real sad situation," said neighbor Darren Davis.