Apartment Building Burns In Clay City (updated)

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The victim of an apartment fire in Powell County continues to recover today.

Carolyn Sue Isaac has had her condition upgraded form "critical" to "serious" at UK Hospital

She was injured in the fire at a building on Main Street in Clay City. Her boyfriend, Roberto Garcia, died in the fire.

investigators say he pushed Isaac to safety just before flames engulfed their second floor apartment.

The State Fire Marshal says they do have a preliminary cause of the fire, but are not releasing it until State Police finish their investigation.

So far, authorities have said it appears to be accidental.

AP Story
One dead, another critical after apartment building catches fire

CLAY CITY, Ky. (AP) - A man died Tuesday after a fire broke out in a central Kentucky apartment building, a coroner said.

The man helped a woman out of a window after the blaze started, but he was unable to escape, Powell County Coroner Carl Wells said.

A helicopter flew the woman to the University of Kentucky hospital where she was in critical condition, WKYT-TV reported.

The blaze at the two-story apartment building in Clay City was reported at 6:23 a.m. EDT, a Powell County dispatcher said.

There had been 38 fire deaths reported in Kentucky this year prior to Tuesday, the state fire marshal's office said.

Clay City, 40 miles from Lexington, is still reeling from the loss of its police chief, Randy Lacy, who was shot to death last week while making an arrest.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Riley Location: Berea,KY on Jun 22, 2007 at 02:46 PM
    I was currently working with Roberto Garcia,Worked with him for a year and half. He was a good man and would always make a person laugh. Just an all out good person
  • by Raquel Location: Michigan on Jun 21, 2007 at 11:01 AM
    I've known Robert since 1990. He was always kind and thinking of others. He always put the needs of others before his own. Roberto R.I.P.
  • by Brandi Campbell Location: Stanton on Jun 20, 2007 at 11:05 AM
    :( Powell County has been hit so hard within the past week. We all need to UNITE now and the Lord will get us through it.
  • by carol Location: Mt. Sterling on Jun 20, 2007 at 05:50 AM
    Hang in there, Clay City. You're in our thoughts and prayers.
  • by Joe Location: Stanton, KY on Jun 19, 2007 at 07:39 PM
    This man was a true hero.He gave his life helping another. No doubt about it this man is in Heaven.. Carolyn I hope you the best. You are in my prayers. Always remember how great it was to be loved as much as he loved you.... He will be in heaven waiting for you...
  • by Debbie Location: Levee Rd on Jun 19, 2007 at 05:59 PM
    I'm really sorry for lose of the life in the fire and the woman who was hurt. But I have been through there on a Saturday night going to the drag strip. And seen drug deal's going on there several times. It may be a good thing.
  • by Patricia Location: Clay City on Jun 19, 2007 at 12:40 PM
    we have had a lot of trouble this past week but we will pull together and make it

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