POWELL COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - An investigation is underway into a deadly house fire in Central Kentucky.
State Police and arson investigators were on the scene early Monday morning in Powell County that claimed one life. The fire started just after 10:00 Sunday night on Nada Tunnel Road in the heart of the Daniel Boone National Forest.
The Powell County coroner has confirmed that 74-year-old Robert "Therril" Ledford was inside the home at the time of the fire.
"He was raised here all of his life and he was a really good man. He wasn't bashful about telling you how he felt. He put you in your shoes if you needed to be put in your shoes. He was a real good fella," says Daniel Potts, a neighbor.
Fire officials say about 35 firefighters from three separate departments were on the scene trying to get the flames under control. They say it took about 12,000 gallons of water to put the fire out because it was an old oak home. Neighbors say when they saw the flames, they ran over to help.
"I couldn't get in the front door there was too much fire. We started to go around to the back door. My friend opened up the back door and the bullets, he kept a lot of ammo and his guns in his bedroom, and the bullets started going off and coming through the walls," says Potts.
Family members tell WKYT that Ledford had lived on the property his entire life and that this was the second fire he'd had at the home. The last being about 25 years ago, and he rebuilt the home afterwards.
According to the coroner, Ledford's body has been sent to Frankfort for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.