Two adults, one child die in house fire in Wayne County

vhoneycutt@herald-leader.comMarch 15, 2013 

A Wayne County couple and a three-year-old boy died late Thursday in a house fire, Wayne County Coroner Forrest Hicks said Friday.

Hicks identified the three as Douglas Walker, 53, his wife, Melvina Walker, 60, and Jaimie Elliott, 3, who Hicks said was possibly a relative of the Walkers. Hicks said the cause of the deaths has not been determined, and autopsies would be performed.

Kentucky State Police received word of the fire at 11:13 p.m. Thursday at the Walker home on Highway 1009 South in Wayne County, a news release said.

A preliminary investigation indicates that the fire started in a bathroom in the back of the house, police said in the news release. The cause of the fire is undetermined, but no foul play is suspected, police said.

Melvina Walker and Jaimie were taken to Wayne County Hospital, where they were pronounced dead, Hicks said.

Douglas Walker was found inside the house and was pronounced dead at the scene, Hicks said.

Police said in the news release that a fourth resident was taken to Wayne County Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The fire is at least the third in Kentucky this year that resulted in more than two fatalities.

On March 9, after another fire in the Gray community in southern Kentucky killed an engaged couple and five children. On Jan. 9, four children and their father died after a fire in Pike County that critically injured the children's mother.

State Fire Marshal William Swope said Friday that that there was no evidence of a working smoke detector at any of those three homes or in most of the homes where fire fatalities have occurred this year.

"We recommend that people secure combination detectors that can detect both smoke and heat," Swope said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. Valarie Honeycutt Spears: (859) 231-3409. Twitter: @vhspears.

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