House Fire Kills Two People

By: Marie Luby Email
By: Marie Luby Email

An early morning house fire kills two people.

The bodies were so badly burned that police could not confirm their identities, but relatives of the mother and son who lived in the Morgan County home say they're sure it's them.

The fire is believed to have started in the kitchen, and firefighters found both bodies in the back of the house.

WYMT’s Marie Luby talked to family members at the scene who are finding comfort in their faith.

As they watch firefighters look for the remains of two people in this burned out home in Cannel City, friends and family of Mickey Elam say he never let his physical and mental disabilities stop his fun.

“You couldn't help but love him. He was all the time laughing and cutting up,” Christie Robinson said.

“He was always so sweet. She'd say, 'Joretta, he just loves you. He loves you more than anything,” Joretta Oney said

They say his mother, 82-year-old Bernice Elam, never let her age stop her from mowing her own lawn and taking care of her son.

Joretta Oney remembers the words Mickey used when he once asked her husband, a preacher, to help save his soul.

“I want to be saved, I want to go to Heaven,” George Oney said.

George Oney says that night in this home three years ago, he read scripture to Mickey, and Bernice prayed.

“He was still in pain and he was hurting at that time, but you could tell the difference after Jesus had come into his heart, and he knew then he was going to go to Heaven,” George Oney said.

The Oneys say Mickey Elam lived in a wheel chair his whole life, but they believe today he is walking beside his glowing mother.

Neighbors we spoke to say their prayers are with the Elam family.

Police do confirm that both Bernice and Mickey Elam were home last night before the fire started.

The cause is still unknown, but we're told it may have been electrical.

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  • by Anonymous Location: harlan on Apr 15, 2008 at 08:01 PM
    This is such a tragedy. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
  • by Citizen Location: KY on Apr 15, 2008 at 07:29 PM
    My heart aches as I read prayers go out to the family in their time of need, this is absolutle horrible...I will pray for the family and may God rest their souls.


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