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Kentucky State Police Investigate a fatal fire in Harlan County

From Kentucky State Police Post 10 -

Courtesy of Kayla Brummett

Coldiron, Ky. (March 16, 2022) – On March 15, 2022 at approximately 10:15 p.m. Kentucky State Police, Post 10 Harlan received a 911 call about a structure fire on Bank Road in the Coldiron community of Harlan County. Troopers Keith Lowe and Logan Miracle responded to the scene along with Sunshine and Wallins Fire Departments.


Initial investigations indicates once the fire units gained control of the fire and it was seized, they located a male individual inside. Further investigation on scene determined the residential owner, Hershel Dewayne Holland (48) of Coldiron was the deceased male. Detective Jake Middleton responded to the scene for further investigation. Harlan County Deputy Coroner Jim Rich also responded to the scene and pronounced Mr. Holland deceased.


Kentucky Deputy State Fire Marshall responded as well to assist with investigation. Mr. Holland was sent to the State Medical Examiners Office in Frankfort for an autopsy to be performed.


No foul play is suspected at this time.


Detective Jake Middleton continues the investigation into case.


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