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Tragic fire in Totz, Kentucky

From The Tri City News and KSP -

Picture Courtesy of Terri Roark/Tri City News

6:30pm UPDATE: At approximately 6:30 p.m. KSP can confirm the twin three year old children have been located deceased inside of the residence.

The Harlan County Coroner has pronounced both deceased and will sending both to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort for an autopsy.

KSP is continuing to investigate what caused the fire and will release information as it comes available.



As of 4:30 p.m. KSP has learned both adults are being flown to a hospital in Augusta Ga for treatment due to the burns both suffered. Both are listed with life threatening injuries.

KSP has been notified that the male and female who suffered burns, have twin three year old children not accounted for at this time. KSP can only confirm firefighters along with KSP are still on the scene and have not made contact with the twins at this time.

KSP will continue to update as we receive more information.


WRIL was informed this morning of a tragic fire involving children and injuries to at least two other people in the Totz community of Harlan County.

While KSP has not formally confirmed it yet, The Tri City News posted more information involving fatalities in this incident this afternoon on their social media page after speaking with authorities on scene.

"Firefighters from Totz, Putney and surrounding volunteer departments have been on the scene of a house fire that began this morning in the Totz community. Officials say that there have been multiple fatalities and that at least two other family members are critically injured. It is believed that the fire began with a propane tank explosion. It remains under investigation."

The Kentucky State Police state that at 11:18 a.m. Kentucky State Police, Post 10 Harlan received a call of a house fire off of Ky 522 in the Totz community of Harlan County. Trooper Joey Brigmon responded to the scene and advised Post 10 two individuals needed medical treatment.

KSP can confirm a male and female have been flown to Holston Valley Hospital in Tennessee for life threatening injuries. These two individuals are husband and wife and also own the residence.

Several local fire departments are on the scene attempting to distinguish the fire. KSP has several Detectives on the scene. No other information can be released at this time. KSP will continue to update as more information comes available.

The case is under investigation by Aaron Frederick. Assisting KSP are Sunshine Fire Department, Putney Fire Department, Cumberland Fire Department, Harlan County Emergency Management, Life Guard EMS, Air Evac, Cumberland Police Department and Fire Marshall.

We expect more information shortly on this incident.

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