A mother, father and their 8-year-old daughter died, and another child was in critical condition, after a house fire on Laurel Hill Road early Saturday.
Jeffrey K. Brown, 54, Nancy Brown, 59, and Cassie Brown, 8, were all pronounced dead at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital Saturday morning as a result of smoke inhalation and burns, according to a news release from the Fayette County coroner’s office.
Lexington police Lt. Andrew Daugherty said another child was in critical condition after the fire. Wiley Brown, 8, remained in the hospital, according to the principal of Picadome Elementary, which he and Cassie attended.
He said another juvenile member of the family was able to escape and called to report the fire at 3:22 a.m.
The fire department arrived at the house at 832 Laurel Hill Road at 3:27 a.m. and found smoke coming from the home, according to Lexington Fire Department Battalion Chief Joe Best.
Battalion Chief Jason Wells said the four victims were found and brought out of the home in less than 10 minutes.
By 3:44 a.m., the fire was under control. More than 60 firefighters responded to the scene to put out the fire and provide emergency treatment to the victims.
Fire department investigators were still at the house late Saturday morning, and the cause of the fire remained unknown as of Saturday evening.
Best said it doesn’t appear that the house had any working smoke alarms.
“This is a tragic fire. Chief (Kristin) Chilton and I are keeping this family in our prayers,” Mayor Jim Gray said in a news release.
Jeffrey and Nancy Brown’s Facebook pages indicate that they operated Trim Master’s Lawn & Tree Care and owned rental property. Both said they attended Lafayette High School and the University of Kentucky.
In addition to daughter Cassie and son Wiley, the Browns have a 13-year-old daughter, according to their Facebook profiles.
Cassie and Wiley had just finished second grade at Picadome Elementary, according to an email that Principal Jennifer Hutchison sent to Picadome families Saturday afternoon. Grief counselors will be at Picadome on Monday morning at 8:30 to talk to students about the news.
“Many members of our Picadome family have been at the hospital today and I know you will join me in keeping everyone touched by this tragedy close in thought and prayer,” Hutchison wrote.