TFC Stu Recke
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 2, Nortonville
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Residential Fire Claims Three Lives Ruled Accidental
Date of News Release: 12/3/2004
Greenville, KY (Muhlenberg County) - Today, investigators concluded their investigation into the fire that left three people dead on December 2, 2004. The fire has been ruled accidental. The cause has been determined to be a gas leak in the pipes that ran underneath the home. Apparently, the leaking gas migrated to an open pilot light on the floor furnace and ignited.
An autopsy was performed today at the Medical Examiner's Office in Madisonville. The cause of death for the three victims was smoke inhalation.
On December 2, 2004 at approximately 0444 hours, Muhlenberg County Central Dispatch received a call of a residential fire located at 983 Friendship Road approximately 3.5 miles south of Greenville. The Greenville Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene and the first units arrived around 0458 hours. The Central City and Graham Volunteer Fire Departments also responded. The fire departments had the blaze under control in approximately 30 to 45 minutes.
Three people were inside the residence when the fire occurred. Mary Edwards was able to get her daughter, Elizabeth Zachery age 8, out of the residence and went back in to get her son. Timothy Edwards arrived home and went inside to get his wife and stepson out. Timothy Edwards age 44, Mary Edwards age 37 and Joseph Zachery age 11 were unable to escape and died as a result of the fire. The Muhlenberg County Coroner, Tony Armour, pronounced all three dead at the scene.
Elizabeth Zachery was transported to the Muhlenberg Community Hospital and admitted for observation. She was released this morning.
Detective Devin Brewer and Investigator Damon Fleming were the lead the investigators for the Kentucky State Police. The Greenville, Central City, & Graham Volunteer Fire Departments, Muhlenberg County EMS, the Muhlenberg County Coroner's Office, the State Fire Marshal's Office and the American Red Cross assisted KSP at the scene.