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Woman killed in duplex fire

A woman is dead after her duplex caught fire early Thursday morning.

The fire broke out at a home on Forrest Street in Frankfort.

A man living on one side of the duplex was able to escape after hearing smoke detectors go off.

He then called 911.

However, a woman living on the other side of the home was not able to make it out.

Firefighters say they could see the smoke from several blocks away.

While they're still investigating what caused the fire, they say they already have an idea.

"The primary source of heat in the home was space heaters, so that's something we're looking into," Frankfort Fire and EMS Battalion Chief Dan Shouse said.

A couple living next door woke up to the sound of fire engines.

Emergency workers evacuated them while they got the fire under control.

"I was really worried it would spread to our place," neighbor Tierra Johnson said.

The state fire marshal has started an investigation, but firefighters don't believe the fire is suspicious.

The Franklin County coroner says he believes he knows the victim's identity, but says it could be several days before the name can be released.

This marked the 11th fire related death in Kentucky this month.


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