Kentucky

3-year-old twins dead in Kentucky fire; parents suffer life-threatening injuries

A married Harlan County couple was flown to a hospital with life-threatening injuries and two young children were missing Monday afternoon following a fire at their home on Ky. 522 in the Totz community.
A married Harlan County couple was flown to a hospital with life-threatening injuries and two young children were missing Monday afternoon following a fire at their home on Ky. 522 in the Totz community. Provided by Kentucky State Police

Authorities found 3-year-old twins dead in a burned house in Harlan County Monday evening after their parents had been flown to Georgia for treatment of life-threatening injuries.

Kentucky State Police confirmed at 6:30 p.m. that the twins had been found dead and would be taken to Frankfort for an autopsy.

Their parents, 39-year-old Dennis Chad Howard and 42-year-old Allyson Howard, were first flown to Holston Valley Hospital in Kingsport, Tenn., and flown later in the day to Augusta, Ga., for treatment for their serious burns, according to state police. The two who were injured own the home that burned.

Firefighters and police first said the twins were unaccounted for, but found them during a search of the home.

Police said the fire occurred around 11:18 a.m. Monday off of Ky. 522 in the Totz community, which is between Harlan and Cumberland.

Several fire departments from Harlan County battled the blaze.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation Tuesday morning.

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