Harlan County house fire kills one


CRANKS, Ky. (WYMT) - One person is dead after a house fire in the Cranks community of Harlan County. Police do not know the victim's identity at this time. One man says it is his mother.

It was just after 2 a.m. when Richard Madrey answered a call no son wants to receive.

"I called my cousins and they told me the house was in flames and that they couldn't find her," said Madrey.

Madrey says he immediately jumped in his car and went to his mother's home in Harlan County. He says it took him two and a half hours to get there from his home in Tennessee.

Sixty-one year old Shirley Madrey, who was a widow, lived alone in the home.

When Madrey arrived, his worst fears became a reality.

"I knew she was gone," Madrey said.

A body was found in Shirley Madrey's bedroom leading her son to believe there is no doubt that it's her. Investigators continue to sort through the rubble to find the exact cause of the fire.

Her son says he knows how she would want him to handle the situation.

"My mother raised me to think positive and look at the brighter side of it and don't ponder on the sadness. But right now i'm having a hard time with that," said Madrey.

Neighbors say they heard a loud explosion and then saw the house covered in flames. Madrey says the house was completely covered in flames when he arrived.

Police say the body is being sent to the State Medical Examiner's Office to identify the victim. No foul play is suspected at this time.
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CRANKS, Ky. (WYMT) - We are following a fatal house fire out of Harlan County.

Emergency responders arrived at approximately 2:00 AM and the house was fully engulfed at that time.

Kentucky State Police has confirmed that the sole occupant of the home has died. KSP confirms it was a 61-year old female but a name has not been released.

The house is currently too hot inside for the investigation to continue and it will resume as soon as the fire is completely extinguished.

Detectives, arson investigators and the coroner are currently on the scene.
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CRANKS, Ky. (WYMT) - We are following some breaking news out of Harlan County.

Dispatchers tell Mountain News the coroner is on the scene of a fire in the Cranks community.

It happened at a home on Highway 568 around 1:30 Friday morning.

Crews tell us at one time flames were shooting as high as 30 feet into the air.

No word on what caused the fire.

We will continue to follow this story and bring you more as it develops.


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