LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Officials say two children were killed in
an early Christmas morning fire at the home of a former ambassador
to Latvia and major GOP fundraiser who has been considering a run
for the U.S. Senate.
Fire officials said the blaze destroyed the home of Cathy and
Irv Bailey on the outskirts of Louisville.
A spokesman for the Bailey family confirmed in the statement
that two children were killed, but did not give their names or
Maj. Henry Ott of the Louisville Metro Arson Squad said the
children were ages 10 and 12. The victims' identities were not
Chief Chris Aponte of the Harrods Creek Fire Department says
three firefighters were also injured battling the blaze, which was
reported by an alarm system at 4:37 a.m. EST.
Aponte told The Courier-Journal the children's parents and
grandparents had escaped the fire and were trying to rescue the
children when firefighters arrived.
Bailey spokesman Scott Jennings said in the statement that both
Irv and Cathy Bailey were taken to a hospital but said their
injuries were not life-threatening. Jennings did not identify the
"Two chidren were killed in this tragedy, and the Bailey family
is requesting privacy at this time of great loss," the statement
Ott said four people were on the first floor of the house and
one was in the basement when the fire started, with the two
children on the second floor.
Aponte said firefighters were injured trying to get into the
house. Two have minor burns and the other was being evaluated for
an ankle injury.
Ott said the house was mostly consumed by the fire.
Cathy Bailey was ambassador to Latvia from 2005 to 2007. She
headed the fundraising for President George W. Bush in Kentucky in
2004, and her husband, a businessman, was also a major Bush
fundraiser that year. She was a top supporter of Republican Sen.
John McCain in his run against President Barack Obama.
Cathy Bailey is also chairman of the board of Operation Open
Arms, a Louisville-based nonprofit organization that provides homes
for children whose mothers are incarcerated.
Information from: The Courier-Journal,
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