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Family Needs Help After Fatal Jessamine County Fire

Posted at 9:01 AM, Jun 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-13 18:37:53-04

JESSAMINE COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — The family who lost their home in a fatal fire in Jessamine County needs help to rebuild.

According to officials, 48-year-old Ronnie Hall died of smoke inhalation and burns.

Fire crews say three people inside were able to escape unharmed, but the fire that started in Ronnie Hall’s bedroom on the second floor left him trapped inside.

Speaking off camera, Hall’s aunt kept replaying those final cries for help she heard from her nephew’s bedroom.

“It appears he was trying to get out of the room. He was basically found near the doorway of the room,” said Michael Hughes, the Jessamine County Coroner.

Hall relied on oxygen tanks for health reasons, and the coroner says he might’ve been on some kind of sedative at the time.

“If he did have sedating drugs in his system, that would probably make him slow to respond,” said Hughes.

By all indications, his family members were quick to respond. We’re told they ran to the bedroom in an attempt to help, but the smoke and the heat were too overwhelming.

The son of the homeowners says that the home is now uninhabitable and they did not have insurance. They are currently staying with family members at the time.

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