911 calls reveal new details in Perry County house fire

By: Rebekah Pewitt Email
By: Rebekah Pewitt Email
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BUSY, Ky. (WYMT) - The 911 calls of a Perry County house fire on Couchtown Road reveal that the fire may not have been accidental.

Brenda Couch lost her niece, Christina Thacker, during a house fire in the Busy community.

Thacker was at Garfield Herald's home Friday night when it caught fire. Firefighters found his body outside of the home while fighting the flames.

Firefighters reported the finding to dispatchers from the scene.

Dispatcher: “How many bodies are there?”
Firefighter: “I've got one right now. I don't know, I'm trying to get it knocked down and cooled off so we can get a look inside and see how many we've got.”

They later found Thacker's body inside the home. Dispatchers then explained the situation during a call to the coroner.

Dispatcher: “Upon fire departments arrival, there was blood all around the residence, and evidently there must have been somebody inside of it. We don't know if they was murdered and then burnt up.”

Police say they are still investigating and have not ruled out foul play, but William Herald says it was more than an accidental house fire that killed his brother.

“I heard he was stabbed seven times and then they burned him. You know he had to suffer awful bad,” says William.

And he is not only one who feels that way. Couch says she thinks some kind of foul play is involved.

“I believe there was more to it, and if there was I hope they find out and do something about it. Because we're all scared,” says Couch.

Family members say they don't know why anyone would do something to hurt Herald or Thacker.

“Everybody loved her,” says Couch. “I mean I don't know what happened or why it happened but Christina was a lovable person.”

Police say there are still no suspects in the case, and that a cause of death of the couple or origin of the fire has still not been determined.
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UPDATED: April 20, 6:00pm

BUSY, Ky. (WYMT) - Police say a house fire claimed the lives of two people in Perry County Friday night.

Firefighters found the bodies of a man and woman inside the burned home on Couchtown Road in the Busy community.

Police say they are still investigating who or what caused the fire that left the home in the pieces.

Officials say they are still unsure if the fire was purposefully set or not, but arson investigators were called in.

Police say firefighters found the bodies of a man and woman while fighting the flames.

They say the man was found outside of the home and the woman was found inside the home.

“We've interviewed several people already, including family members to find out who lived here, and when the last time it was that they talked to them,” said Kentucky State Police Detective, Gary Sandlin.

They say the rubble was still too hot that night to investigate, so they came back Saturday to sift through what was left.

“We're back on the scene trying to determine the point of origin of the fire. Our arson investigators are here along with several other detectives,” said Sandlin.

The man and woman's identification and cause of death are still unknown.

Police are urging anyone with information about the fire to contact State Police Post 13.


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