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Family of man killed in house fire finds his missing pet

By: Dave Spencer Email
By: Dave Spencer Email

Fire investigators were back on the scene of a Morehead house fire Monday.

The fire on Sun street destroyed a home that was converted into three apartments, killing two people inside.

Vada Knipp was pulled from the second story window and died later at the hospital.

Kris Harvey lived on the first floor, fire fighters believe it started in the kitchen but they are not sure at this point what started the fire.

Firefighters say they found a number of pets who also didn't make it out of the house.

So when a neighbor called Susan Stamper, the sister of the man who died, to say they found a missing cat named Oreo, Stamper says she didn't believe what she was hearing.

Stamper says, "She says, 'Are you Kris' sister?' I said yea. She said, 'I found Oreo.' I said you found what."

Stamper says her brother and the cat named Oreo had a special bond.

She says, "That's a piece of Kris, it's not Kris but a piece of him, something he loved was that cat."

Harvey and the cat were so inseparable it seems that during our interview, Oreo got free, ran into the house presumably into Harvey's room.

The family set out food to lure cat back out, but say just knowing Harvey's best friend is still alive is good news.

Firefighters say they still have not determined the cause of the fire.

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