Autopsy indicates new cause of death in house fire

Amelia HollidayStaff Reporter

January 16, 2013

A house fire in the Scuddy community last weekend may not have been the cause of death for the two victims.

Kentucky State Police said 64-year-old Sandra K. Melton and 35-year-old Suzy Rebecca Melton were found in the house after the fire had been extinguished, and were pronounced dead on the scene Sunday morning.

During an autopsy this week, however, the state medical examiner found evidence to investigate the possibility of foul play.

“At first there was no indication of suspicious circumstances, and then after an autopsy was completed, the medical examiner’s office preliminary findings indicate that both causes of death are not consistent with someone who dies from a house fire only,” Trooper Tony Watts with the Kentucky State Police said.

Officials said preliminary investigation indicated the fire was started at approximately 6:16 a.m. by a skillet on the stove.

Watts said the medical examiner’s office has not completed their investigation, nor have they determined the exact cause of death.