Bardstown Fire Update and Funeral Protesting


Officials say ten people killed in an early morning fire in Bardstown this week, died of smoke inhalation.

The Bardstown Fire Chief said nine of the bodies were found in four different rooms near the back of the house.

A tenth victim, 52-year-old Johnny Lewis Litsey was pulled from a laundry room and died on the way to the hospital.

Investigators still haven’t determined the cause of the fire.

The Nelson County Coroner said twin girls killed in the fire, two-year-olds Heaven and Earth Maddox, were found in a room with their mother, 26-year-old Demita Jo “Ann” Maddox-Wise. Five of the victims were found in bedrooms.

This is the deadliest structure fire in Kentucky in three decades and a controversial Kansas church group is expected to protest at the funerals for the ten victims of the Bardstown fire. Westboro Baptist Church plans to protest 45 minutes before the funeral.

Law enforcement officials say, by law no person may block access to any funeral, engage in violent or threatening behavior, make unreasonable noise or create any other hazardous or offensive condition within 300 feet of a funeral service.

This group is known for its protests at military funerals across the country. The dates for the funerals haven’t been set. Attorney General Greg Stumbo said it is critical, the rights of the grieving families be protected.


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