Woman Dies After Going Back Inside Burning Home


Carroll County Sheriff Jamie Kinman said 37-year-old Wendy Mercer of Carroll County died in the fire, which was reported shortly after 5 a.m. EST Monday.

CARROLLTON, Ky. (AP) -- A mobile home fire in a rural area near the Ohio River has claimed the life of a mother, who initially escaped the blaze but went back in to retrieve bottles and clothing for her 4-month-old baby.

Carroll County Sheriff Jamie Kinman said 37-year-old Wendy Mercer of Carroll County died in the fire, which was reported shortly after 5 a.m. EST Monday.

Kinman said the fire appears to have been started by a small space heater in a bedroom shared by Mercer and her fiance.

He said the couple and the baby lived in an addition that had been built onto a single-wide mobile home, where three other people lived. All six people got out, but Kinman said Mercer's fiance reported she went back to get things for the baby.


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