KSP: 1 dead in Central City fire

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CENTRAL CITY, Ky. (WEHT) – Kentucky State Police confirm that a person has died in a fire in Central City.

The fire occurred at a house Wednesday morning around 4:00 a.m. on Park Street. KSP have identified the victim as 30-year-old Brittany Dukes.

The investigation is ongoing.

The fire comes one day after a fire at a Greenville home killed a 3-year-old girl and her mother.

A third western Kentucky fire killed a woman just over a week ago in Madisonville.

87-year-old Goldie Margorie DeBoeuf passed away Thursday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Madisonville Police pulled DeBoeuf from her burning home last Tuesday and some of that rescue was captured on an officer’s body camera.

DaBeouef’s funeral is scheduled for Thursday in St. Francisville, Illinois.

The fatal fire on Park Street in Central City, the latest in both this county and the region, is taking an emotional toll on the victim’s family and the firefighters who responded to their second fatal fire in as many days.

“It’s just sad to know that things are going on around you and not knowing exactly what caused this,” said Jamie Crowe, who lives across the street from where the fire happened.

“The line was all the way down the road of fire trucks and police. It was the lights and the flames that actually woke us up. It was a lot of chaos and stuff going on here,” he recalled. He says it was scary to learn about Dukes’s passing, which is the latest in a series of deadly fires across western Kentucky.

“We’d see her outside the front yard with her little girl and stuff. She always seemed really sweet,” he said, recalling what Dukes was like.

Family members say a relative heard a noise, then noticed the fire. The coroner pronounced Dukes dead at the scene. It happened the day after Kristina Pyszka and her three-year-old daughter died in a fire at their Greenville home early Tuesday morning, and nearly a week after Goldie Margorie DeBouef passed away from injuries suffered at a fire in Madisonville May 12th.

“It’s very emotional,” said Central City Assistant Fire Chief Chris Strode. He also says the best thing firefighters do to process their emotions on cases like these, is to not hold in their emotions.

“We got chaplains on our department and they talk to us and they try to help us. They try to help us. We’ve got a good community we got here,” he said.

Results of an autopsy on Dukes is still pending. There is no apparent link between any of the fires, and the cause for each deadly fire remains under investigation.

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(This story was originally published on May 21, 2020)

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