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Fatal House Fire Investigation in Perry County

Date of News Release: 03/17/2007

(Hazard, KY) - On 03/17/07 at approximately 3:40 am the Kentucky State Police in Hazard received a call of a cabin fire in the Viper Community of Perry County.

The caller advised that someone may possibly be inside. Upon arrival of Viper Fire Dept. and Kentucky State Police the fire was extinguished. The fire dept. searched the scene and at approximately 05:35 am the remains of 19 year old Jonah Pratt of Viper, Ky. was located. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Perry County Coroner's Office.

The body has been sent to the State Medical Examiners Office for an autopsy to determine the cause of death. No foul play is suspected at this time. The cause of the fire is still under investigation by Arson Investigator James Burnett and Det. Clayton Stamper.

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