published Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Fatal Kentucky fire began with material against heater

Members of the Kentucky State Fire Marshall's office look over the remains of a house fire in Depoy, Ky. Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014.
Members of the Kentucky State Fire Marshall's office look over the remains of a house fire in Depoy, Ky. Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

GREENVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky State Police say a fire that killed 9 people started accidentally with combustible material against an electric baseboard heater in a bedroom.

Trooper Stu Recke said the fact that all the victims were found in a master bedroom could be an indication that they were trying to escape through a window, but investigators aren't sure.

Autopsies on the remains of the family members were started Thursday afternoon.

Eight children and their mother died in the fire in Greenville in the western part of the state, while the father and an 11-year-old girl escaped with injuries.

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