KSP investigating deadly EKY fire, kills two

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Published: Mar. 26, 2022 at 7:18 PM EDT
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BELL COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - A house fire in Bell County killed two women and left a third badly burned.

Diana Poff, 75, and Willina Risner, 46, both of Middlesboro, were killed in the fire, according to a release by the KSP.

The blaze happened near KY-188 in the Colmar community around 2:30 p.m. Saturday, according to the release.

Officials with KSP said the third individual, Wynona Poff, 53, also of Middlesboro, was flown to University of Tennessee Medical Center for her injuries.

No foul play is expected.

Detective Kevin Howard and Trooper Taylor Mills initially responded and began the investigation. Detective Kevin Howard is continuing the investigation.

Also assisting at the scene was Bell County Sheriff’s Department, Bell County Fire Department and Middlesboro EMS.

Walter Poff, a neighbor and family member of all three women, told WYMT he was there when the fire began.

Poff said his power went out Saturday and when he went outside to see what was going on, he noticed smoke coming from the Poff-Risner home.

He added that he attempted to get everyone out of the home but was unsuccessful.

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