Public Protection Cabinet
Fire Marshal Concludes Munfordville Fire Caused by Smoking in Bed

Press Release Date:  Thursday, December 18, 2008  
Contact Information:  Jim Carroll, 502-564-5525
502-229-3484 (cell)

     The Kentucky State Fire Marshal’s Office has concluded that a house fire that killed a Munfordville woman Wednesday was caused by smoking in bed.


    The victim was identified as Frances Phillips, 77. She lived in the home with her brother, Charles Nunn, 74. Nunn was injured in the fire.


     According to witness accounts, Ms. Phillips had been smoking in bed when her brother found her bedclothes in flames and attempted to put out the fire, said Deputy Fire Marshal Todd Price. Mr. Nunn was burned in the attempt. Rescue workers were notified and responded within minutes.


    Mr. Nunn is hospitalized at Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown.

     Fire departments from Munfordville, Bonnieville and Horse Cave battled the blaze. The fire was reported at about 5:30 CST.


     David West, an arson investigator with the Kentucky State Police, aided in the investigation.


     The State Fire Marshal’s Office is part of the Public Protection Cabinet.