Dec 5, 2012 11:57 AM
Officials late Wednesday morning said they have determined the cause of a horrific fire at a Lexington home early Wednesday morning that claimed the lives of three family members.
The fire broke out at about 5:30 a.m. at a home on Buckingham Lane, which is located close to Clays Mill Road. Firefighters say someone passing by saw the flames and called 911. They say that person knocked on the door, but no one answered.
Although their names have not yet been released, the Fayette County coroner confirms the three people who died were a mother, father and their adult son. The coroner says the three people were disabled and also had oxygen tanks in use in the home.
Investigators said late Wednesday morning that the cause of the fire was improperly discarded smoking material in plastic. They also say the home had no working fire detectors.
LEX 18 spoke with a family neighbor and friend after the fire. "You get to know someone pretty good," said neighbor Wayne Rickert. "I don't care if it's a co-worker or someone on the street, all of a sudden you realize they aren't part of your life anymore. And its tough. I know I'll get over it, hopefully the family will, too."
Crews say they will likely be at the scene for most of the day Wednesday.