Fire official: Up to 9 believed killed in blaze

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 30, 2014 at 8:08 am •  Published: January 30, 2014
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GREENVILLE, Ky. (AP) — As many as nine people were killed early Thursday in a house fire in rural western Kentucky and two people were taken to a hospital for treatment, officials said.

Eleven people lived in the home in the Depoy community of Muhlenberg County, Greenville Assistant Fire Chief Roger Chandler said. Chandler referred questions to Kentucky State Police. Officials there did not return phone and email messages immediately Thursday morning.

Chandler said the blaze was reported at 2 a.m. CST Thursday, and crews were still at the scene four hours later. State Fire Marshal investigator Allan Gregory also is at the scene, spokeswoman Ricki Gardenhire said.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center spokeswoman Dagney Stuart said an adult and a child were taken to the hospital, but she could not provide immediate details about their conditions.

Greenville is in a rural area of the state, about 130 miles southwest of Louisville in the state's western coal fields. Greenville had a population of just more than 4,000 people in 2010, according to census figures.