UPDATE on Fatal House Fire in Harlan County - Victim Identified

(Harlan, Ky.) On August 16, 2015 at 1:55 a.m. Kentucky State Police, Post 10 Harlan received a call about a house fire in the Stanfill community of Harlan County. Post 10 dispatcher was notified that a female may be trapped inside of the residence.

Troopers from Post 10 responded to the residence. Preliminary investigations indicates that a 26 year old woman was inside the residence at the time of the fire. The female was unable to make it out of the residence and was pronounced deceased by the Harlan County Deputy Coroner Jim Rich.

KSP Arson Investigator Josh Bunch was called to the scene to conduct an investigation as well as the State Fire Marshal.

KSP Det. Josh Howard is in charge of the investigation. Also assisted at the scene were Tpr. Taylor Mills, Tpr. Brandon Burton, Sgt James Sandlin, Deputy Coroner Jim Rich, members of the Sunshine and Harlan Co Fire Departments.

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Detective’s with the KSP have released the name of the 26 year old female that was trapped inside the house fire.

April Dean, 26, of Harlan was pronounced deceased by the Harlan County Deputy Coroner.

Case is still under investigation.


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