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Investigators return to scene of deadly Perry Co. fire

By: Tanner Hesterberg Email
By: Tanner Hesterberg Email

SCUDDY, Ky. (WYMT) - Investigators on Tuesday were back on the scene of a deadly Perry County house fire.

A team - including a Kentucky State Police arson investigator - combed through the rubble, trying to understand the circumstances surrounding the fire on Scuddy Branch Road that broke out early Sunday morning.

Sandra Kay Melton, 64, and her daughter, Suzy Melton, 35, died in the fire. James Melton, husband of Sandra and father of Suzy, was out of town visiting another daughter when the fire happened.

"It is very common for investigators to go back to the scene of a fire," KSP spokesman Tony Watts said. "You've got to wait until the fire cools down tremendously before you can start sifting through the rubble and gathering evidence and checking the scene out to make sure of no foul play or anything like that."

Officials initially believed the fire started on a skillet in the kitchen.

Watts said there is still no reason to suspect any foul play.

The state medical examiner in Frankfort has not ruled an official cause of death for the two victims.

James Melton said his wife was a housewife and his daughter was disabled.

"I just knew it was bad when they told me they couldn't find them," Melton told Mountain News in a previous interview.

The Meltons have lived on Scuddy Branch Road for more than 30 years.

At last check, funeral arrangements were incomplete.


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