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Update (Victims Identified): Adair County Fatal Fire

Date of News Release: 01/26/2016

(Columbia, KY.) - The recovered remains of the 4 individuals are believed to be those of 60-year-old Mitchell Coomer; his wife, 52-year-old Lori Coomer; their granddaughter, 1-year-old Kinley Rodgers and 32-year-old Steven A. Keltner. The Coomers and Keltner are from Adair County. Kinley Rodgers had been living in Casey County. Investigators identified the individuals from evidence recovered from the scene and from surviving witness, 34-year-old Jason Coomer, the son of Mitchell Coomer. Jason Coomer was in the basement on the opposite side of the home from where the explosion occurred and was able to make it to safety sustaining minor injuries. Official confirmation on the remains from the State Medical Examiner is not expected until sometime next week after DNA test results are received. The cause of the explosion is still under investigation.

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Update: Adair County Fatal Fire

Date of News Release: 01/26/2016

(Columbia, KY.) - KSP investigators have now recovered the remains of 4 people from the scene of the fire at 401 M. Coomer Rd. Two of the bodies were recovered outside the residence and two were recovered from within the residence. No identifications have been made at this time and the remains will be taken to the State Medical Examiner's office. The cause of the explosion and subsequent fire is still under investigation.

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Adair County Fatal Fire

Date of News Release: 01/26/2016

(Columbia, KY.) - Kentucky State Police, Post 15 received a call today at approximately 1:30 PM CST in reference to an explosion at a residence on M. Coomer Road, 6 miles east of Columbia, off of KY 206. The explosion led to a house fire. Firefighters are still on the scene to prevent the fire from reigniting. State Police will secure the area through the night and investigators will begin working the scene early Tuesday morning. The cause of the explosion is yet to be determined. 1 fatality has been confirmed and 3 persons have not been accounted for at this time. Multiple local, state and federal agencies are assisiting in the investigation.