Apparent Explosion Destroys Home in Letcher County

Human remains were discovered in the debris of a house destroyed by a suspected explosion and fire in Letcher County on Sunday, June 3, 2018. Kentucky State Police Post 13 received an initial call from a resident who lives on Millstone  Road in Neon, who advised of hearing an explosion. The caller advised that a neighboring house was on fire. Officials with KSP Post 13 were called to the scene, along with Neon Fire Department, Neon Ambulance and Mayking Fire Department. At the scene, Troopers discovered a residence on Millstone Road that was completely engulfed in flames, and that had collapsed to the ground. After the fire was extinguished, investigators located what appeared to be human remains. Letcher County Coroner Renee Campbell pronounced the remains deceased at the scene around 12:40am. KSP Detective Clayton Stamper and Arson Investigator Randy Gabbard were notified and later arrived at the scene to assist with the investigation, as was State Fire Marshall Robert Keith. The remains were sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort for an autopsy and possible identification. The cause of the fire remains unknown at this time.

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