House fire in rural Kentucky kills nine, officials say

Reuters News
Posted: Jan 30, 2014 8:42 AM

(Reuters) - Nine people died early on Thursday in a house fire in rural western Kentucky, and state police were investigating the cause, a local fire official said.

Eleven people lived in the home in Muhlenberg County, a remote part of the state about 130 miles from Louisville, said Greenville Assistant Fire Chief Roger Chandler.

The blaze was reported at 2:00 a.m. CT (0800 GMT).

Two other residents of the home were flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville about 120 miles away for treatment, Chandler said.

The cause of the fire was under investigation by the Kentucky State Police, he said.

(Reporting by Karen Brooks in Austin, Texas; Editing by Colleen Jenkins and Bernadette Baum)