OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) - Two children and two adults died in a
house fire Friday that was still blazing nearly two hours after
being reported, police said.
Sgt. Scott Steward told The Associated Press the fire started
just before 9 a.m. CDT Friday in the rear of the home and was still
burning just before 11 a.m. CDT.
The Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer reported that Jerry Marsh, 70,
his daughter, 35-year-old Wendy Devine, and her children,
2-year-old Ryan Devine, and 3-year-old Jerry Devine were killed in
Daviess County Coroner Bob Howe said at least two members of the
family died of smoke inhalation and results were pending on the
cause of death for the other two.
Kentucky State Fire Marshal William Swope Jr. said his office
had someone at the scene, but had no details about the blaze.
Howe said firefighters were called to the home at 8:56 a.m.,
about an hour after Wendy Devine's husband, Ryan E. Devine, left
for work. Two of Ryan Devine's brothers are members of the
Owensboro Fire Department.
Greg Devine, who is also one of Ryan Devine's brothers, told the
paper he and his father were driving not far from the home, when
they saw smoke.
"We started trying to kick in the doors and break the
windows," Greg Devine said.
Greg Devine described the family as quiet, good people.
"They kept to themselves. It's just an unfortunate thing that
has happened," Greg Devine said. "Words can't describe how we're
all feeling. We're stunned."
Owensboro Fire Battalion Chief Steve Leonard said the fire began
in a living area in the back of the house.
"It appears from the initial investigation the fire had been
burning for a period of time," Leonard said.
Information from: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer,
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