Fire

Gatlinburg Inn

A Kentucky man is thankful that fire damage to the oldest hotel in Gatlinburg is manageable. 

NOTICE:  This story underwent revision with updated fire fatality information

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Lexington is combining its public safety operations into one facility.  The move is expected to create more efficiency for day-to-day police and fire calls and disaster response.  The official ribbon cutting was Thursday. 

About a million calls annually come to emergency 9-1-1 and government assistance LexCall workers.  Staff at the new 15 million dollar Public Safety Operations Center will now handle all those calls.  Plus police, fire, and emergency management officials can be side by side.  

Authorities found three bodies Saturday in the ruins of a burned home in rural Madison County. The identities of the three will not be confirmed until autopsies are conducted, which could take place Sunday, said Madison County Coroner Jimmy Cornelison. The three all appeared large enough to be adults, Cornelison said, but he could not determine their sex at the scene. Kentucky State Police and the state fire marshal's office had not confirmed the cause of the fire Saturday, but it appeared that it started from an effort to heat the house, Trooper Robert Purdy said.

Lisa Autry, WKU Public Radio

Nine family members are dead and a community is in shock following a Thursday morning house fire in Muhlenberg County.

Investigators with the state fire marshal's office and Kentucky State Police say the fire was accidental and caused by a malfunctioning baseboard heater. The fire at the home in Depoy was first reported shortly after  2 a.m.

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