Fire Officials Find Two Dead In House Fire

By: Heather Haley Email
By: Heather Haley Email

Emergency crews worked more than 12 hours to extinguish a deadly house fire in the Leatherwood community of Perry County.

It was a cold night and a tough fire that kept emergency crews working into the morning at the house fire on highway 699 in Perry County.

Officials say they were notified of the fire after 8 p-m Sunday and when they arrived they new it was fatal.

“When we pulled up on the scene the male was laying on his back, in the dirt, all of his clothes were burned off of him,” Leatherwood Fire Chief Carter Hall said.

Crews say the structure is an old store and the fire was extremely difficult to put out.

Crews says the extremely cold weather only made the jobs of the 5 responding fire departments more difficult as the water from their hoses began to freeze.

After the sun rose the fears of emergency crews were confirmed when a second person was found in the fire.

“We found her this morning, about 10 feet away from the door,” Chief Hall said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation by State Police and the State Fire Marshal's office but officials say they do not suspect foul play.

The coroner says 49-year old Rufus Shepherd and 56-year old Mazie Shepherd died in the fire.

Both bodies were sent to Frankfort for autopsies.

The cause of the blaze is still under investigation but officials say they do not suspect foul play.

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