House fire leaves two dead

By Sean Evans | 

A fire claimed the lives of a teenager and the woman who took care of him.

It started at about 4:15 this morning at a home on Black Walnut Road in the Whitley City community of McCreary County.

State police say the caregiver lived in the home with the 17-year-old and two adults, who are mentally disabled.

The quiet end of Black Walnut Road was awakened to see flames consuming the home.

The woman would not make it out alive. A 17-year-old was taken to a Tennessee hospital where he was pronounced dead.

"It should remind people that its important to prepare a plan before hand for incidents like this," said Craig Reed, who is a trooper with Kentucky State Police.

Police say the wood burning stove is the culprit behind the fire and was a recent addition to the home.

"People need to be cautious regarding wood burning stoves, dealing with the ashes, the embers that can come out. Make sure there's nothing flammable around," said Trooper Reed.

One of the adult men received treatment at the hospital for non-life threatening injuries. The other made it out without any injuries.

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