Fatal House Fire In Pike County

By: Jeff Gould Email
By: Jeff Gould Email

An autopsy is scheduled today to identify the person killed in a weekend house fire.

One person is dead after an early morning fire Sunday in Eastern Kentucky and police are still trying to identify the victim.

The fire started just before seven Sunday morning. Neighbors said they were awoken but what they describe as a "popping" sound. When they looked out the window, they saw that the house next door was fully engulfed in flames. Firefighters arrived in just minutes, but not soon enough to save the person inside.

Rubble is all that's left of the Pike County home. It happened in the town of McAndrews in Pike County just off Pond Creek Road. State police say firefighters from the Upper Pond Creek Fire Department gained access to the burning house and found one victim dead inside. A neighbor that lives next to the house says he knew the man that lived there, 55 year old Sidney Gary Williamson, and believes him to be the victim. Neighbors say Williamson grew up in the home and lived there for the past 20 years.

"I was kinda afraid for the people that live there because they hardly ever come out and there wasn't any going in or anything like that. It was just burning too big," said David Cisco.

The fire was so hot that it burned underpinning off a house 50 feet away. Besides that, no other homes were damaged by the blaze.

Police are not suspecting foul play, although the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

We won't know the identity of the victim for sure until an autopsy is performed Monday.

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