Pikeville, KY – A blaze in Eastern Kentucky on Wednesday morning has reportedly left five people dead.
The fire took place at a rural home in Pike County in the early hours of the morning. Four children and one adult were killed in the blaze. According to The Associated Press, one person suffering from severe burns was taken to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington for treatment.
The Pike County Coroner’s Office and the Kentucky State Police have confirmed the deaths. However, the names and ages of the victims have not been released by authorities as of this writing.
Pike County Emergency Management Coordinator Doug Tackett said three fire departments responded to the Eastern Kentucky blaze. Although the fire has been contained, Tackett explained that authorities were waiting for the scene to cool before beginning their investigation.
WAVE reports that the fire began around 2 am. The victim’s bodies were still at the scene of the fire as of Wednesday morning.
Although officials have yet to official release any information about the victims, reports indicate that a father and his kids died in the blaze. The ages of the children are believed to be five, four, two, and six months.
Other unofficial reports suggest that the adult airlifted from the scene of the fire was the mother. However, none of this information has been confirmed by authorities.
Unfortunately, this wasn’t the only fire that claimed the lives of several individuals overnight. According to The Huffington Post, four children reportedly died in a house fire outside of Atlanta.
A six-year-old who was also in the house at the time was thrown to safety by his mother. Authorities said that, while the child was injured in the fall, his mom’s decision saved his life.
Officials in both Georgia and Eastern Kentucky are currently investigating what caused the blazed that left several people dead.