Couple killed in house fire

A married couple in Knott County lost their lives when their home went up in flames Saturday morning.

The couple's family nearby tried to help them out of the burning home, but the fire was too far gone.

"We run around the front and back and couldn't get a response," said Walter Gibson, a friend of the fire victims.

Neighbors on Hales Branch Road in Red Fox jumped into action when they saw flames coming from one home.

They banged on windows, poured water, and screamed for help as the house burned trying to wake the sleeping couple.

"The way the smoke and the fire was, we couldn't hardly do nothing. And that's a shame," said Gibson.

The news of two bodies found inside the home left family and friends hopeless as they watched fire fighters extinguish the remainder of the fire.

Family members say 50-year-old Jerry Thomas and 51-year-old Martha Thomas lost their lives in this fire along with six of their pets.

Those close to the Thomas couple are living next door to their burned home, which they say is a constant reminder that they are gone.

"Well, they are going to be missed that's for sure. It's going to be a lot different, but something like this happens every day," said Gibson.

Officials are working to find out what sparked this fire that killed two people.

"We're waiting on an arson investigator to try to help determine the cause of the fire," said Jeff Blair, the Knott County coroner.

Until then, loved ones will continue pondering what happened so unexpectedly.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time, but officials do not suspect foul play.

Police officials say they are not positively identifying the two bodies until autopsies are completed.


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