Officials: Adults Were Drinking Night Of Deadly Bardstown Fire

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The state fire marshal reports that alcohol was a factor in the fire that killed ten last month in Bardstown.

According to a state fire marshal's report released today, intoxicated adults and the lack of a smoke detector impaired the ability of the victims to get out of the burning house.

It was Kentucky's worst fatal fire in three decades.

The official cause of the February Sixth blaze is undetermined because neither the material that first ignited the fire nor the initial ignition point could be found.

But Deputy Fire Marshal Rob Goodwin concludes in the report that smoking materials were the likely cause of the fire based on where the blaze started.

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