Members of the Kentucky State Fire Marshall’s office look over the remains of a house fire in Depoy, Ky. Thursday Jan. 30, 2014. As many as nine people were killed early Thursday in a house fire in rural western Kentucky and two people were taken to a hospital for treatment, officials said. Eleven people lived in the home in the Depoy community of Muhlenberg County, Greenville Assistant Fire Chief Roger Chandler said. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
GREENVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The bodies of eight children and their mother were found huddled together in or near a master bedroom, victims of an early-morning fire Thursday from which only the father and an 11-year-old daughter escaped after it ripped through a modest home in western Kentucky.
The fire started accidentally with combustible material against an electric heater in a bedroom, said Kentucky State Police Trooper Stu Recke.
The side and roof of the small, white-wood frame house with three bedrooms and an enclosed porch collapsed, leaving a lone chimney standing. Fire investigators pored over the melted and burned remnants of household goods and charred beams that lay scattered on the ground.
Recke identified those killed as 35-year-old LaRae “Nikki” Login to read more