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Five people, including four children, killed in overnight fire in Pike County

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

JONANCY, Ky. (WYMT) - It is a tragedy no one ever imagined.

Five members of one family are dead and another is in the hospital after a devastating overnight fire in Pike County.

Four small children and their father were unable to escape their burning home in the Jonancy community.

Family, friends, and first responders say it is disbelief all around.

"It's heartbreaking. I've been doing this for 32 years, and it touches you," said Shelby Valley Volunteer Fire Chief Darrell Compton.

They say they cannot believe what happened.

"I didn't expect something like that to happen," said the children's grandfather James Tucker.

The fire broke out just after 2:00 Wednesday morning, engulfing the whole home.

Six people lived inside: Tammie Tucker, William Wilfong and their four small children, 5-year-old Dakota, 4-year-old Tyler, 2-year-old Cheyenne, and 6-month-old Emily.

Tammie barely escaped the blaze to run for help. Billy and the children were unable to beat it. Officials say their bodies were found in the living room still on the mattress pad they were sleeping on.

"It don't seem real, just don't seem real. They was just too young to go," said Tammy's sister Jasmine Tucker.

The children's grandfather lives next door and says he woke up about 2:45 Wednesday morning to his daughter screaming for help.

"Down there hollering help me 'help me daddy.' I looked out the window, and the whole house was on fire," said James.

He ran to help.

"Said 'Billy reach the kids out to me.' He never did speak," said James.

Family members say while they cannot understand why this would happen, they will stay strong for Tammie who was flown to UK hospital in Lexington with critical injuries.

"I loved them all like they was my own kids," said Jasmine.

They say memories of the children will always be with them.

"That'll be all I think about as long as I'm around here, grandbabies and such," said James.

A cause for the fire is still unknown. Investigators say they do not believe the home had working smoke detectors, and they think it is likely the family was using space heaters to keep warm.


02:53 PM Update

JONANCY, Ky. (WYMT) - Family members have confirmed the names of the victims in the deadly blaze this morning that left five dead and injured another.

The fire took the lives of Billy Wilfong and his four young children: Dakota (5), Tyler (4), Cheyenne (2) and Emily (6 months).

The mother, Tammie Wilfong, is currently being treated at UK for injuries sustained in the fire.

JONANCY, Ky. (WYMT) - We are following breaking news out of Pike County this morning.

Police tell Mountain News they are investigating a deadly fire.

Officials with the with the Pike County Firefighters Association tell us four children, ages 5, 4, 2 and 6 months, along with their father, were killed in the fire.

We are also told a woman, the children's mother, was flown out to a hospital.

We are told it started just after 2:30 this morning on Elswick Branch Road in the Jonancy community.

No other information is being released at this time.

We have a have a crew on the way and will have the latest as we get it.

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