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Two die in Phelps trailer fire

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Two people lost their lives in a mobile home fire early Thursday morning in a community in the far eastern section of Pike County. According to reports from the Kentucky State Police, Charlotte Scott and Kenny Hamilton were found in the mobile home in Justice Bottom by firefighters with the Phelps Volunteer Fire Department. The two were unresponsive.

The fire personnel attempted to revive the victims, said Ronnie Vaughan, fire chief for the Phelps VFD. However, their efforts were to no avail.

KSP Trooper Shawn Little, public affairs officer, said Scott was pronounced dead at the scene by Pike County Deputy Ernie Casebolt. Hamilton was taken to the Pikeville Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

“Our crew performed well,” Vaughan said. “The first ones arrived within five minutes of getting the call and were already trying to revive the victims by the time I arrived.”

He said while the investigation is still under investigation it appears the two succumbed to smoke from the fire.

“When we arrived at the scene there were no flames,” Vaughan said. “We did not use the first bit of water.”

The fire was contained within a small bathroom and an adjoining hallway, he said.

“Evidently as the water lines in the bathroom broke, the water put out the fire,” the fire chief said. “I have been doing this for 52 years and have seen it happen before. It’s rare but it has happened.”

Normally, a single-wide mobile home such as this can be expected to completely burn in seven to 10 minutes, Vaughan commented.

He said the bathroom was a total loss — even the tub had completely melted.

This incident remains under investigation by KSP Detective Jimmy Anderson. Detective Anderson was assisted on scene by an investigator with the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

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