Police: deadly Perry County house fire now "suspicious"

SCUDDY, Ky. (WYMT) - An eastern Kentucky house fire that killed a woman and her daughter is now being called "suspicious" by investigators.

After canvassing the scene of the fire that broke out Sunday morning on Scuddy Branch Road in Perry County and killed Sandra Kay Melton, 64, and Suzy Melton, 35, investigators initially said they had no reason to suspect foul play.

But now they say the circumstances are "suspicious".

"The medical examiner's office hasn't determined or released the exact causes of death, with it being pending," Kentucky State Police spokesman Tony Watts said. "However, we do feel it's not consistent with the injuries that should be sustained in a house fire only."

Investigators originally believed the fire started on a skillet in the kitchen.

"We feel that there were probably injuries or whatever that would indicate that they didn't die of just smoke inhalation only," Watts said. "What those would be, we don't have or they are not releasing at this time."

Watts is unsure of when the state medical examiner will rule an official cause of death. He said smoke inhalation was most likely a factor.

"Apparently the medical examiner's office has found something there that has gotten their attention." Watts said. "Maybe that wasn't the only thing that was involved."

James Melton, who lost his wife and daughter in the fire, told Mountain News he was in Somerset visiting other family when he received the call about the fire.

The Meltons have lived in Scuddy for more than 30 years.

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