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UPDATE: Name released of man killed in deadly Johnson County fire

Published: Mar. 7, 2021 at 10:05 AM EST
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WITTENSVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Update 9:44 p.m.: Officials with W.R. Castle Fire and Rescue said they responded to a 911 call at approximately 2:28 on Sunday morning.

After efforts to get the fire under control were successful, Deputy Chief Brian Jeffiers said that despite working with EMS crews on scene, they were unable to reach Ralph David Blakeman in time.

“Once we had control, we began to search for the victim. We had done quite a bit of background work, we had an EMS crew there that had transported this man to the hospital before so they were trying to get information about his status and so forth, hoping maybe he wouldn’t be home,” Jeffiers said. “But in time, we did locate his body in the front room of the trailer.”

Update 5:02 p.m.: Officials with W.R. Castle Fire and Rescue released the name of the man killed in a deadly house fire early Sunday morning.

Brian Jeffiers with W.R. Castle Fire and Rescue told WYMT 62-year-old Ralph David Blakeman of Stitka, died in the fire.

Blakeman body’s was sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. No foul play is suspected as the fire and death are still under investigation by KSP.

Original Story:

An investigation is underway following a deadly fire in Johnson County.

Officials with W.R. Castle Fire-Rescue said in a Facebook post they were called to a structure fire on Route 201 around 2:30 Sunday morning.

The post states when crews arrived at the scene, they found the fire had spread throughout the home and called in the Rockhouse and Flat Gap Fire Departments as well as Paintsville EMS for assistance.

Once they were able to put the fire out, officials say they found the body of a man inside.

The victim’s identity is not being released until the family is notified.

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Johnson County Coroner’s Office and Kentucky State Police also responded.

Right now, the cause of the fire is not known.

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