Master Trooper Joe Veeneman
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 8, Morehead
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Fatal Fire in Powell County
Date of News Release: 09/23/2011
(Morehead, Ky.) -- On September 22, 2011 Kentucky State Police Morehead received a call for service of an explosion and subsequent house fire on Paint Creek Road Stanton, KY. Multiple fire departments were dispatched to the scene along with Kentucky State Police Morehead units. Upon arrival it was determined that Stanley Roberts, 84, of Stanton was still inside the residence. Mr. Roberts was found deceased in the kitchen area of the home. Karen Knox of Winchester and Jerry Roberts of Clay City were inside the residence at the time of the fire but were able to exit the residence. All attempts to assist Stanley Roberts from the residence were unsuccessful. Karen Knox and Jerry Roberts were both airlifted to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, KY with life-threatening injuries. Both subjects were last listed in critical condition. The cause of the fire is undetermined. The fire is believed to be accidental. No foul play is suspected. The investigation continues by Kentucky State Police Morehead.