Community mourns loss of woman killed in house fire

MARTIN COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - In a small community, everyone is like family.

"I live straight across the road from Alene Runyon my whole entire life," explained neighbor BarbiAnn Maynard.

Right now, the community of Huntleyville in Martin County is mourning.

"To lose her in such a way. This is devastating," pointed out Maynard.

They are grieving the loss of Cathy Alene Runyon.

Maynard says she noticed smoke coming from Runyon's home.

"So I called 911 and the neighbors went running to try to see if they could get a hold of her," Maynard recalled.

Hours later, Martin County Coroner Chris Todd found her inside the home.

"Coming on a scene like this, it's tough dealing with people like this. It's hard on the family also," said the Coroner.

Family members who came to the home said Runyon had a heart of gold.

None of them were able to talk to us on camera.

"She was 70 years old and had been diagnosed with dementia. This is total devastation. She was a huge part of our community," explained Maynard.

Runyon loved talking to people and could share stories for hours.

Often, her beloved family members would visit or she would drive to spend time with them.

"I love to cook so I would always make her to-go plates and take them up there. We loved sitting around and talking with her," recalled Maynard.

While she may be gone, the beautiful woman with a giving soul will forever live in their hearts.

Runyon's body will be sent to Frankfort for an autopsy.

Multiple emergency agencies responded to the fire.

Kentucky State Police and the Fire Marshall are investigating.

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