Son says victim of Danville house fire is his mother

gkocher1@herald-leader.comApril 24, 2013 

DANVILLE — A body was recovered from a house destroyed by fire Wednesday morning, Danville Police Chief Tony Gray said.

A relative said the victim was his mother.

The body was taken to the state medical examiner's office in Frankfort for identification, Gray said at a news conference at Danville City Hall. Neighbors and family told police that the house might have been occupied by Margaret Olivia "Libby" Moore, 37. Gray said the body has not been identified, but Larry Moore III, 16, said authorities found his mother, Margaret Moore.

The teen, who lived at the house, said he and his brother and father, Larry Moore Jr., spent Tuesday night at a cabin at Gwinn Island Resort and Marina at nearby Herrington Lake.

About 3 a.m. Wednesday, "My dad woke me up, because the cops came and said that our house was on fire," Larry Moore III said.

The fire at the two-story house on Venetian Way was reported by a neighbor about 12:45 a.m. Wednesday, Gray said. The house was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived, and the house was a total loss, Gray said.

Later, after the fire was extinguished, investigators with the state fire marshal's office, the Danville police and fire departments, Kentucky State Police, and the Boyle County Coroner's Office were able to look through the rubble.

Gray confirmed that police were called to the house Tuesday, but he would not elaborate.

"As we gather information and other details, we will release those things at a different time," he said.

Asked whether the fire was considered suspicious, Gray said: "I'm not going to answer any questions like that. It's just a simple fire investigation. It's way too early to get into any kind of speculation like that."

Danville Fire Chief Woody Ball said the investigation was anything but simple.

"It's a pretty complicated piece of evidence," Ball said. "In my experience, with all the different ins and outs, it's one of the most complicated fires I've ever been a part of."

Ball has been a firefighter for 25 years and Danville's fire chief for three.

Ken Pflug, fire marshal for the city of Danville, said the complexity was due in part to the number of agencies involved.

Also complicating the fire was that debris fell onto a gas meter and caused a gas leak. Atmos Energy came to the scene to turn off gas to the house.

Investigators were trying to determine the cause of the fire. A chimney stood amid the charred rubble of the rest of the house, which was situated on a corner lot with trees.

Firefighters had left by 3 p.m. Wednesday. Before leaving, they doused the scene with a layer of foam that would soak and extinguish any remaining hot spots, Pflug said.

Greg Kocher: (859) 231-3305. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety.

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