Investigators Looking Into Cause Of Deadly House Fire

By: Renee Charles Email
By: Renee Charles Email

The flames from a Morgan County house fire lit up the darkness early Tuesday morning. Firefighters couldn't get there in time to save the house or the people inside.

It happened along Highway 191 in Cannel City around 3:30. Police say the bodies were so badly burned that they can not confirm their identities, but neighbors and family members say two of their loved ones died in the fire this morning.

Neighbor Christie Robinson says it's a shock to know this happened. She just saw them the other day and says it's hard to grasp, that you just never know when tragedy will happen.

James Elam says it was his sister-in-law, Bernice Elam, and her adult son, Mickey, who died in the fire. He remembered Bernice as a good wife and hard working woman.

Bernice was 82 and Mickey was in his 50's. He was both physically and mentally disabled. Neighbors say Bernice did her best to take care of him. He was in a home in Lexington until recently when Bernice won her battle to bring him back home with her. Robinson says Mickey was a joy to be around. She says he made everyone smile.

Investigators spent most of the day sifting through the debris. They aren't sure how the fire started but say it may have started in the kitchen due to some sort of electrical problem.

The woman was found in the kitchen and the man in a back bedroom. Police say the do not suspect foul play.


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  • by carol Location: ohio on Sep 9, 2009 at 03:30 AM
    well it's been over 1 year now nothing sad or done about they deaf of my aunt bernice& cousin mickey justice has not been done for there deafs i would like to know whats being done are family will never rest till they are arested and in jail to pay for what they have done morgan county police need to do there job for bernice & mickey,and they family.
  • by Carol Location: Cincinnati Ohio on Sep 9, 2008 at 07:36 AM
    It's been over 20 weeke's and have hard no more on they deaf of my aunt Bernice,& Mickey Elam my cousin,they both were killed in their own home and burnt alive,how low could a person be to do such a thing to two great people like my aunt, cousin Mickey was handycap could not walk and burned him alive,and my aunt took good care of him.You know one day you will be cought for what you have done,you will pay for it now or later i hope morgan county police department stay on this murder case because that's what it was murder.i will keep up on what's going on as far as if they found out who did this to two great people.I hope you sleep good at night konwing what you have done god bless you.
  • by Carol Location: Cincinnati,Ohio on Jun 12, 2008 at 07:37 AM
    My Aunt Bernice& Mickey Elam were killed on 4/15/08 we have hard nothing more about it you must have something to up date are family with this case needs to be taken care of and not foregotten we need some justice done for our family & bernice,mickey.
  • by Carol Location: cincinnati,ohio on Apr 21, 2008 at 11:46 AM
    Remembering Location:MorganCounty on April 21st 2008 at 2:29pm Bernice & Mickey,Will be alwayes be in our hearts and prays we will miss them both. Our family has lost two great people,I know there both in Gods house,It,s sad this happen to Two great Loving people mickey was my cousin,bernice was my aunt.WE Love you Both,and will never forget you.LOVE YOUR Family in Cincinnati Ohio,CAROL.
  • by Remembering Location: Morgan County on Apr 16, 2008 at 07:04 AM
    Bernice was a sweet lady and her and Mickey was Really good people. I thought the world of Mickey! He was such a wonderful person to be around! I will miss you guys bernice and mickey

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