Fire Injures Man, Damages Couple's Home

Homeowners in Mt. Sterling think their upstairs tenant fell asleep while smoking.

A man is in critical condition in the hospital and a couple's home is damaged after fire tore through it overnight.

The fire broke out in the second-floor of the home on North Queen Avenue near downtown Mt. Sterling.

The homeowner, Barbara Epperson, thinks the man staying in the upstairs of her home, Harvey Caudill, fell asleep while smoking. Caudill is in critical condition at UK Hospital. Epperson and her husband Melvin say he is suffering from third degree burns to about 40 percent of his body and smoke inhalation.

They arrived home to find smoke coming from the upstairs room. They say the smoke was too intense to rescue him.

Epperson says she's allowed more than one hundred people homeless people to stay in her home over the last 16 years.

Fire investigators say they now the flames started in Caudill's room, but they are still investigating a cause.

A fund has been set up for this family at the Whittaker Bank in Mt. Sterling. If you would like to help this family you can donate to the Barbara Epperson fund.

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