Friends remember loved one killed in Middlesboro apartment fire Tuesday

Published: Jan. 15, 2019 at 1:09 PM EST
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Update 10:00 p.m.

When firefighters were called to an apartment building fire early Tuesday morning, they say they went inside immediately to search for anyone trapped inside.

Officials say they found Trey Branscome inside, but say he died on the way to the hospital.

Close friends say his love knew no bounds.

"He loved everybody, even if they didn't love him", said Caitlin Jones, who is a close friend of Trey Branscome. "And I've heard that so much from him. He would talk about he cared so much for people. It didn't seem like he got the care back from people. And he doesn't know

how much he was really loved and cared about."

On this day of loss, friends cannot help but remember his caring side.

"I have a little bit of PTSD so I'm sound sensitive. And I remember going to Krystal and telling him that it was going to scare me when they started talking to me", said Jones. "And as soon as they got on the intercom, I jumped. And I had to have him order everything. And I'd say that we had piles of food that he had to order for me. He was just funny. He didn't care to help out."

While the cause of the fire is still being investigated, officials believe it could have started inside his apartment. Those who knew him but are not related still feel like they have lost a family member.

"If there was any time that I needed him, he was right there, all the time. I'd invite him over to eat with us. He just literally became a part of the family", said Jones.

Investigators will not say if they suspect foul play. They say an autopsy should answer and unanswered questions.

"That just gives us definite answers on, you know, for sure if something might have been wrong with him before the fire, or if something could have happened to him, or if someone could have done something to him", said Deputy Bell County Coroner Don Horton. "That will just, hopefully, give us some answers."


Bell County Deputy Coroner Don Horton tells WYMT one person was killed in a fire in Middlesboro Tuesday morning.

The fire reportedly started around 7:30 a.m. at an apartment on 24th Street. Middlesboro Fire Department and EMS and the Middlesboro Police Department responded to the scene.

Horton said he was called to the Middlesboro ARH Emergency Room around 9:15 a.m. where he pronounced Trey Branscome dead.

We are told Branscome, 28, was alive when they pulled him from the fire but he died in the ambulance.

Branscome's body will be taken to Frankfort to be examined. The fire department and an arson investigator are looking further into the fire. We do not know what caused the fire at this time.

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