Victim identified in Clay Avenue house fire

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Posted at 4:23 AM, Jan 12, 2022

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — One victim was found dead following a house fire on Clay Avenue that happened Wednesday, January 12.

The Fayette County Coroner identified the victim as Mark Greenwell. He was 60-years-old.

The cause of death is pending autopsy results.

Lexington firefighters responded to a fire on Clay Avenue near Euclid Avenue around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 12.

Firefighters had the fire under control around 5:22 a.m. Wednesday. The apartment building had multiple units which made the fire more difficult to fight because firefighters had to break through walls and cut holes in the roof with chainsaws, according to the battalion chief.

Upon investigation, a body was found and Lexington coroner Gary Ginn was called to the scene around 7 a.m. Wednesday.

According to the coroner, the floorboards burned and the victim fell through the first floor into the crawl space, which is why fire crews did not find the victim immediately.

Investigators are currently looking into the cause of the victim's death and what might have caused the fire at the apartment building.

Lexington fire crews said the building is destroyed.