Officials Investigating Fatal House Fire

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

One man is dead after fire engulfs a Pike County home.

Fire investigators are trying to determine if it was an accident or if arson played a role in the blaze.

Officials say the fire broke out around eleven Wednesday morning in Robinson Creek killing one man inside the home. Crews spent hours battling the blaze on Peters Branch, but say the home is a total loss.

Fire crews say there were flames from end to end when they responded to a fire just before noon on Wednesday.

It was crazy. At first it was all smoke coming out of the windows. It started in the back of the house and that's when the flames started and it just went all the way through the house," said neighbor Mika Adkins.

The Shelby Valley Volunteer Fire Department spent nearly six hours putting out the fire.

"We found out later after we got on the scene that there was a possibility that there was somebody in the house. Of course, we continued to attack the house just like we normally would had there been somebody in from the word go," said Shelby Valley Volunteer Fire Chief Darrell Compton.

Fire crews returned to the scene Thursday to put out some small hotspots. They say the initial fire was so hot it melted power lines behind the home.

"We had some electrical wire that actually had burned down and dropped at the main pole at the rear of the structure that hindered our efforts around to the back of the structure. Of course that was the hottest point, the origin when we got here," Compton said.

The deputy fire marshal spent the day sifting through ash looking for clues to the cause of the fire.

"At this point, it's currently under investigation by my office and the Kentucky State Police as to the nature and the origin of the fire," Deputy State Fire Marshal David Broderick said.

"We haven't found anything at the scene at this point to indicate and intentionally set fire or arson, but right now we treat all fire scenes, especially fire fatalities, as a crime scene until we prove otherwise," said KSP Arson Investigator Don Parker.

The deputy fire marshal says the fire started in the back of the house.

Fire officials are not releasing the name of the victim until the autopsy is complete, but Don Parker says right now they believe the victim is the man that lived in the home.

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