An Eastern Kentucky man was killed in a house fire shortly after midnight Sunday. Firefighters who entered the burning home in Paintsville found the body of John W. Meade, 46, about 12:30 a.m., according to a news release from state police.
Johnson County Coroner J.R. Frisby ruled that smoke inhalation caused Meade's death.
A caller reported the fire at Meade's home on Short Street, on the outskirts of downtown Paintsville. Fire Chief Bob Dixon said he did not know who spotted the fire and called 911.
The fire destroyed about 40 percent of the home's interior and caused smoke and heat damage throughout, Dixon said. The cause of the fire was under investigation Sunday afternoon.
A firefighter was injured and had to be treated for severe smoke inhalation, state police said.
Dixon said a firefighter was inside looking for victims and got "entangled with something." The firefighter's oxygen mask was pulled off.