Update: Coroner identifies body found in Pulaski County house fire
A house fire in Pulaski County started around 2 a.m. Wednesday.
The fire happened on Old Salts Road. Neighbors quickly knew something was happening across the street.
"My husband woke me up and said 'I think Sam's house is on fire,'" said Kimberly Dykes.
Wednesday afternoon, the county coroner confirmed that a man's body was found inside the home.
The coroner identified the man as Samuel Watson, 89. Neighbors said he lived there alone with multiple dogs. Several of the dogs' bodies were also found in the fire.
"Yeah, he had 17 dogs at one time. I don't know how many were inside. There were several running around this morning. I had to shoo them away. They had soot on their faces," Dykes said.
We do not know the cause of death at this time.
"He's always been a good fella. He actually bought a vehicle off my parents. Lately, he has not had a car. He has had a hard time getting around," Dykes said.
Kentucky State Police and other responders have not released the cause of the fire.
Neighbors said they did see a car arrive and then suddenly leave while the fire was burning.
The fire also knocked out some utility services in the area. Those crews had to wait until the police investigation was over to restore service.