Early morning house fire kills 10 in central Kentucky, 6 of them children

Tuesday, February 6th 2007, 6:36 am
By: News On 6

BARDSTOWN, Ky. (AP) _ Fire swept through a one-story house early Tuesday, killing 10 people, six of them children, and leaving two others hospitalized, authorities said.

Most of the victims were dead by the time firefighters reached them, Nelson County Coroner Field Houghlin said.

The last two bodies discovered in the burned brick home were children, both found under the bodies of adults, said Emergency Medical Services director Joe Prewitt. The relationships and ages of the 12 people in the house and the conditions of the survivors were not released.

It wasn't immediately clear what started the fire. The blaze broke out shortly before 3 a.m. in the home in Bardstown, about 40 miles southeast of Louisville.

Houghlin said autopsies were planned on the victims.

Another deadly house fire broke out early Tuesday in rural Maryville, Tenn., killing four children. The parents escaped from the burning home with a 2-year-old, but the other children, ages 7 to 14, died in the blaze, said Blount County, Tenn., Sheriff James Berrong.