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KSP Investigates Double Fatality Fire at Knott County Residence

Date of News Release: 09/30/2016

Lackey, KY (September 30, 2016) - An early morning fire at a Knott County residence has left two children dead. Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard received a call at around 5:37 a.m. advising of the fire. Post 13 personnel responded to the residence on East Highway 550, in the Lackey community, along with members of Garrett and Maytown Volunteer Fire Departments. When Troopers and Fire Department officials arrived at the scene, they found that the structure was completely engulfed in flames.

During the course of extinguishing the fire, firefighters discovered what appeared to be human remains inside of the residence. KSP Post 13 Investigative Sergeant James Gross, Detective Chris Collins, Detective Clayton Stamper, Detective Joe Dials, Detective Bill Pollard, Trooper Robbie Dials, Arson Investigator Randy Gabbard, KSP Post 9 Arson Investigator Nick Endicott and State Fire Marshal Robert Keith were called to the scene and began their initial investigation. Knott County Coroner Jeff Blair responded to the scene and pronounced the victims deceased.

No foul play is suspected in this incident, and an autopsy will not be performed. Detective Chris Collins is continuing this investigation.