LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) -- Investigators are still trying to figure out what caused a house fire that killed 85-year-old Amy King Saturday evening.
Neighbors say they noticed smoke coming from Dr. King's house on Tates Creek Road and tried to get inside, but just couldn't make it past the doors. Firefighters got her out and emergency crews rushed her to UK Hospital, but she died a few hours later.
"Just as we got to church today, people were beginning to find out about Amy's death. Everybody was just so heartsick over it," said Pastor Tom Grieb. Grieb said King was a retired math professor from Eastern Kentucky University and had been a member of his congregation at Centenary United Methodist Church in Lexington for years.
"To have somebody like Amy just is invaluable around the life of the church," Grieb said
King made a huge impact on the church community teaching Bible study, Grieb told WKYT.
"She helped to lead others to do like she did and that was to serve and to reach out and she was just an extraordinary example," he said.
Grieb said Dr. King always be remembered for her independent spirit.
"Just had a strength of personality. Very winsome character, yet knew what she wanted out of life. She had high expectations of herself as well as others around her, so all of that came together to make for just a really neat person,"
EKU named a math lab after Dr. King in 2011.