Grayson County Fire Update: Family Members Call Eddie Clouse Hero

By: Brett Baldeck Email
By: Brett Baldeck Email

"They never went anywhere without each other. Everybody knew that Eddie would do anything for anybody especially those kids. Even if he didn't know you he would try everything he could to help you," says Wooldridge.

LEITCHFIELD, Ky. (WBKO) - A lone teddy bear still sits at the scene on VanMeter Lane just north of Leitchfield in Grayson County. A fire late Sunday night took the lives of a father Eddie Clouse, his one-year-old son Cole and family friend Kalvin King. Family members who live next door to the fire scene say it's a harsh reminder everyday.

"It's one thing whenever it's an adult but whenever you're a little baby it is hard to understand," says Rachel Wooldridge, the aunt of one-year-old Cole.

Wooldridge shared photos Wednesday, including one of the entire family just hours before the fire.

"Cole always slept with a little caterpillar. He loves stuffed animals but they were always a really close family," says Wooldridge.

The bond wasn't anymore apparent Sunday night. Eddie Clouse is being called a hero. Four others, including the mother Shauna Clouse, were able to escape the burning home.

"He got one out. He came back in to get Cole and Shauna couldn't move, she couldn't breathe, she just stared straight up into the smoke so he helped her out. He went back in to get Cole the baby and they never made it back out," says Wooldridge.

Eddie paid the ultimate sacrifice to save a family he always cared deeply for.

"They never went anywhere without each other. Everybody knew that Eddie would do anything for anybody especially those kids. Even if he didn't know you he would try everything he could to help you," says Wooldridge.

The scene where the family called home remains quiet, with caution tape and children's toys scattered throughout. The State Fire Marshal has concluded the fire was accidental, starting in the ceiling near a light fixture.

Family tells us the funeral for Kalvin King was held Wednesday. Arrangements for Eddie and Cole Clouse are still being planned.


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