5 Dead In Kentucky Blaze: Cause Of Fire At Tucker Home In Question [VIDEO]
Five are dead in a Kentucky blaze that started raging about 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning, Trooper Tony Watts said. Now an investigation is under way to figure out what caused the deadly fire that took the lives of four children and their father in the tiny enclave of Jonancy, Ky.
The victims were identified as Billy Wilfong and his four children Dakota Lee, 5, Tyler Lane, 4, Cheyenne, 2, Emily, who was six months old. Wilfong had been living with the children's mother, Tammie Tucker, for seven years. But they were not married.
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One injured person was transported to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington. But it's unclear how much information the injured party has been able to give to authorities.
"There was nothing I could do, I got second-degree burns just getting close to it," Glema Blair, the children's great aunt, who lives nearby, told The Associated Press. Blair, who owns a home behind the house that was set ablaze, felt helpless.
The mother, Tammie Tucker, wasn't inside at the time. She and her father tried to get in to rescue the children, but it was too late. Tammie Tucker was taken to UK Medical Center with serious burns. "She was trying her best," Blair said weeping.
Evelyn Mullins, who also lives closeby, said that the tiny hamlet of Jonancy - which has fewer than 1,000 residents - has been completely shaken. "It's just such a tragedy," Mullins told The Associated Press.
Crying, Blair said: "They were good kids, you couldn't ask for no better."
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 85-percent of fires in the United States each year come from blazes in the home. In 2010, someone died in a fire every 169 minutes, and someone was injured every 30 minutes, according to the website.
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