Fatal fire kills seven in Knox County

By: Rebekah Pewitt Email
By: Rebekah Pewitt Email
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GRAY, Ky. (WYMT) - A house fire in the Gray Community of Knox County claimed many lives on Saturday, including five children, a man, and a woman, who was pregnant.

Family members of Jesse Disney, say he and his girlfriend, Nina Asher were hosting a slumber party Friday night.

“Jesse, he really thought the world of them kids. He stayed with them, played with them never let them out of his sight,” said Disney’s uncle, Ray Disney.

They say the couple had been living together for nearly two months, and were expecting a baby.

“They got along good, they was fixing up the house and was asking us if we had any rollers and stuff to paint with,” said Ray.

However, before anyone left the next day family members say a house fire took the lives of everyone inside.

The seven people that were killed included Jesse, Nina, her three young children Camden, William and Abigail Gray; as well as two others who were spending the night.

“The fire people were pulling the kids out, and the other people was trying to put the fire out, because it was really engulfed,” said Ray.

Family members say they were shocked to hear the news.

“When I got here, I went up through here and I didn't even know. I said where’s the kids. where’s Jesse and them, and Jesse and Nina was laying right there and didn't even see them,” said an aunt of Jesse Disney, Maria Disney.

“He told me that I needed to come on home, that it's bad. So I rushed on home and it was bad, I couldn't believe it,” said Ray.

Officials have not yet confirmed all the names of the victims, but the Disney family says they are suffering a great loss.

Officials say the home suffered extreme smoke and fire damage.

They are still trying to determine the cause of the fire.

Updated March 9, 2013 6:00 p.m.

Five children and two adults were killed in Knox County house fire. The adults were Nena Asher and Jesse Disney. The children will not be named until all of the families are notified.

Just before ten in the morning, 9-1-1 received the call of the fire in the Gray Community.

"Upon arrival troopers observed the house was fully engulfed in flames. It was reported that there were several individuals still inside of the residence," said Jimmy Young, Kentucky State Police Sergeant.

"The residence had an extreme amount of smoke damage as well as severely damaged by the fire from what I could observe," Young said.

Officials are still trying to determine what caused this fire. Arson investigators were at the scene, but Police say this is standard for every structure fire.

Stay tuned to WYMT for the latest updates.


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