1 killed in early morning fire


By TJ Caudill - tcaudill@civitasmedia.com



PIPPA PASSES — One person is dead after a fire broke out at an apartment building in the Pippa Passes community of Knott County early Monday morning.

The individual has been identified as Gene Spencer Burden, 59, of Pippa Passes.

Kentucky State Police (KSP) say they received a call at KSP Post 13 around 5:30 a.m. advising them of a structure fire located at an apartment building on Hwy. 889.

Pippa Passes and Hindman Volunteer Fire Department, along with troopers with KSP Post 13, responded to the fire.

After arriving at the scene, KSP say the apartment building was completely engulfed in flames.

Human remains were found in one of the two apartment buildings after firefighters extinguished the fire, KSP say.

KSP Post 13 Detective Chris Collins, Arson Investigator Randy Gabbard and KSP Post 9 Arson Investigator Nick Endicott began their preliminary investigation after arriving on scene.

According to KSP, they were able to determine during their investigation that Carol Burden and her husband, Gene Burden, were awakened by the fire. Carol was able to flee from the residence, but Burden did not make it out in time.

Knott County Coroner Jeff Blair pronounced Burden deceased.

After an investigation of the human remains and contact with family members, authorities were able to determine Burden as the deceased.

KSP say no foul play is suspected and no autopsy will be performed.

The fire is under the investigation of Detective Chris Combs.

TJ Caudill is a reporter for The Hazard Herald and he can be reached at 606-629-3245.

By TJ Caudill

tcaudill@civitasmedia.com

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