SACRAMENTO, Ky. (WEHT) – Authorities have confirmed the identity of the deceased man discovered inside the residence as Jeff E. Helm, 69, of Sacramento. Kentucky State Police say Helm died on-scene inside the house where he lived.
The investigation is on-going.
A death investigation is underway in McLean County tonight after police say a man died in a house fire. Firefighters were sent to the 300 block of Garrett Street in Sacramento around 8:45 Saturday morning. When they arrived, they found a house fully engulfed in flames. Kentucky State Police took over the investigation after learning there was somebody in the house.
“When we got there, the fire was extinguished and we removed the deceased man from the residence,” says Trooper Corey King.
King says it appears the house had no working smoke detectors, but it is still too early to tell. The exact cause and origin of the fire is still under investigation, but authorities believe that it might have been caused by a space heater.
“Even though it is still in its early stages, it is looking more like an older space heater that is usually close to the floor level. It may have had a fault, perhaps a spark, and I think it may have been fuel powered,” King says.
There are still many unanswered questions as to what the man was doing at the time of the fire. Police hope to have some of those answers in the coming days.
“You have got to keep in mind that most of your tangible evidence that you would have has been destroyed,” King says.
Trooper King says the family has been notified. No name is being released at this time.
“The family is mortified and rightfully so,” he says.
The family was at the scene today and say they are at a loss for words. They respectfully declined an on-camera interview. Neighbors say it is a tight-knit community and are in shock.
Eyewitness News is working to learn more and will update this story as more information becomes available.