Coroner: 2 adults, 5 children killed in Ky. fire
GRAY, Ky. (AP) -- Two adults and five children died in a house fire Saturday in rural southeastern Kentucky, according to Knox County Coroner Mike Blevins.
Blevins said the victims' names wouldn't be immediately released, as officials are trying to confirm their identities.
The victims are a man, a woman and five children, Belvins said. The woman was the mother of three of the children, and the other two children were from another family, he added.
Blevins and Kentucky State Police said the cause of the blaze was still under investigation.
Knox County is tucked into the southeastern corner of Kentucky in the eastern coal field region. The Gray community is near Corbin -- about halfway between Lexington, Ky., and Knoxville, Tenn.
Troopers said someone called 911 at 9:57 a.m. Saturday. Firefighters stayed on the scene until the fire was out at 1 p.m.
On Jan. 9, four children and their father died in an early morning blaze in Jonancy, in Pike County in the Appalachian region of the state -- about 2 1/2 hours east of Gray. The mother of those children survived with serious burns. Officials said the family had been sleeping near an electric space heater when the fire started, and the space heater likely started the fire.