HENDERSON, Ky. (WEHT) – A fatal fire is being investigated by Kentucky State Police in Henderson.
The Henderson County Coroner’s office identified the man who died in the Monday morning fire as 63-year-old Randy L. Hallmark.
The Henderson Fire Department said crews responded to a fatal house fire at 2:47 a.m. in 2100 block North Elm Street.
When crews arrived on scene, they found heavy flames and smoke coming from the home. They were notified that one person was still inside the home.
Crews had to pull Hallmark from the home, according to HFD. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
An autopsy will be conducted in Madisonville Monday to determine a cause of death.
Kentucky State Police said a woman, who reported the fire around 4:00 a.m., was injured and taken to a local hospital.
KSP said there were multiple calls reporting the fire, the first coming in before 3:00 a.m.
An arson investigator and detective spent much of the morning at the scene along with an official from the State Fire Marshal’s Office.
“We were asleep, of course, and my fiance, he said, ‘Do you smell that? Wake up. Wake up!’ I was, like, ‘Yes.’ Of course we jumped out of bed because we could tell it was fire,” said Erin Johnson, who lives a few houses away from where the fire happened. She couldn’t tell at first where the fire was coming from. After learning it was, her heart sank.
“We just stood there. We didn’t know what…it was just shocking to see somebody you know, see everyday, talked to several times, and to think, ‘Oh my gosh, I hope they’re O.K,” she says.
Kentucky State Police say the woman who was also in the house was treated for possible injuries and released from the hospital.
“It’s just hard to believe. We’ve talked to him so many times. They’ve recently bought some furniture from our family that’s been in our family a long time,” says Johnson.
“Because it was so close, and seeing these people many times, and they seemed like good people. It’s horrible,” adds Adam Herzog, who also lived near the house.
Investigators spent much of Monday morning and afternoon looking for clues to the fire’s cause. Johnson and others in this neighborhood look for their own answers as to how this could’ve happened.
“In my 30 years, I have never seen a fire this close.”
An autopsy on Hallmark is scheduled for tomorrow in Madisonville.
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(This story was originally published on October 28, 2019)