MONTICELLO, Ky. (AP) — State officials are investigating a house fire in south central Kentucky that killed two adults and a 3-year-old boy.
An arson investigator with Kentucky State Police believes the fire Thursday night in southern Wayne County started in a bathroom in the rear of the house. The cause of the fire has not been determined, but investigators don't suspect foul play.
The fire killed 53-year-old Douglas Walker at the scene, said Wayne County Coroner Forest Hicks. Two other victims, 60-year-old Melvina Walker and 3-year-old Jaimie Elliott, were taken to Wayne County Hospital, where they were pronounced dead.
State Police Trooper Don Trosper said a fourth person, 19-year-old Samantha Gregory, escaped from the home and was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Trosper said she is out of the hospital.
Trosper said police have not confirmed the relationship between the boy and the two adults.
Kentucky State Police received a report of the fire along Kentucky 1009 South at 11:13 p.m. WKYT-TV reported that the blaze continued to burn past 3 a.m.
Autopsies on the three were scheduled for Friday at the State Medical Examiner's Office in Frankfort. The state Fire Marshal's office is investigating the blaze.
The fire occurred less than a week after another fire in the Gray community in southern Kentucky killed an engaged couple and five children on March 9.