Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet
Office of State Fire Marshal announces findings from investigation of fatal Bardstown fire
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 15, 2007) – The Office of the State Fire Marshal (SFM) today announced the most likely cause of the tragic fire that killed 10 people in Bardstown on Feb. 6 was the improper disposal of smoking materials.
“After thorough investigation, we have determined the likely cause of the fire in Bardstown,” said State Fire Marshal Rodney Raby. “The cause of the fire is most likely due to the improper disposal of smoking materials.”
The Bardstown Fire Department was first alerted at 3:51 a.m. The house was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. The 10 victims included six children. There was one survivor, who suffered nonlife threatening injuries.
For more than a week, SFM personnel thoroughly investigated the heavily damaged residence to try to determine the cause of the fire. It ultimately was determined that the fire began in the living room. Investigators then began eliminating possible sources of ignition. Investigators inspected the water heater, furnace, electrical wiring and gas lines. Interviews were conducted with neighbors, emergency responders, family members and the survivor. There was no evidence of foul play.
The SFM worked with several agencies in the investigation including the Bardstown Fire Department, Bardstown Police Department, Nelson County sheriff, Kentucky State Police and the federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms. The state Fire Marshal’s Office is preparing a final report.