A fire killed five children and two adults in a rural Knox County home in Kentucky on Saturday. A neighbor who saw the house fire tried to reach the five children and the two adults but was unsuccessful in saving them reported the Chicago Tribune on March 9, 2013.
According to Kentucky State Police Sergeant Jackie Pickrell, the two adults that were killed in the fire lived in the house with their three children. Some of the family’s relatives reported that the woman was a few months pregnant. The other two children killed by the fire were only visiting the family for a sleepover.
"A neighbor had noticed the smoke and responded and tried to get them out. But the seven people inside the home are believed to have already died when the neighbor responded.”
Knox County received the 911 call about the fire at 9:57 a.m. local time on Saturday morning and it took firefighters several hours battling the blaze.
The family’s house which is located in the small community of Gray, about 130 miles southeast of Louisville was made out of brick and timber.
While the cause of the house fire is still under investigation, authorities believe that the fact that the neighbor’s rescue efforts were in vain might indicate that the two adults and five children died of smoke inhalation.
“Knox County Coroner Mike Blevins told The Associated Press the deceased are a man, his girlfriend and five children. The woman was the mother of three of the children, aged 3, 2 and 1, while the other two kids were sleeping over.”