Second Victim Dies After House Fire

An early Thursday morning fire in Jackson County left two people dead.

The fire broke out in a home on Lodge Hall Road, off Highway 421, outside McKee.

Family members say 79-year-old Geraldine Lunsford died at the scene.

Her long-time companion, 77-year-old Riccie Goble, died after he was airlifted to the UK Hospital. He suffered serious burns that covered 90% of her body.

The couple's son-in-law, Wallace Moody, says many family members heard explosions around one Thursday morning. He tells 27 NEWSFIRST the explosion caused the sides of the house to collapse before the home burst into flames.

Moody lives next door to the couple.

He says another family member pulled Goble from the burning home, but he says Lunsford was confined to a wheel chair in the back bedroom and nobody could get to her.

Moody describes the couple as well known in McKee.

Firefighters think a gas heater may have started the fire. Moody says Goble may have turned on the heater or lit a cigarette nearby.

Firefighters from Sand Gap, McKee and Madison County were called in to fight the fire. The official cause of the flames is still under investigation.

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