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Ky. fire victim unable to escape; stayed with her dog

PULASKI COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) – A deadly fire is being investigated in Pulaski County.

The fire occurred Thursday morning at a home on Antioch Ave. at Burnside.

Coroner Clyde Strunk said the victim was identified as 76-year-old Jewell Lester.

The coroner says Lester, his daughter and grandson were inside the house at the time of the fire.

He says Lester’s daughter and grandson were unable to get her out of the house before they were engulfed in smoke and had to escape. Lester stayed home with his dog.

“They tried to get mom out, my boyfriend did, and they tried to get her to climb out the porch window and she didn’t,” Lester’s daughter Lisa New said. “She has dementia and she fell and broke her hip and she was scared to walk fast and I guess they were pulling her out and she wouldn’t come out.”

His body is taken to Frankfurt for an autopsy.

The cause of the fire is not yet known, but officials say it appears the fire started under the floor of the house. The coroner says the family told investigators there was no fireplace in the house and they did not use space heaters.

This is a developing story.

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