OWENSBORO, Ky (WFIE) - Kentucky State Police are investigating a fire that has now killed two people in Owensboro.
Police say the victims are 45-year-old Patrick D. James 76-year-old and Anna G. Trogden, both of Owensboro.
According to the Owensboro Fire Department, crews responded to a house fire along Ewing Road and Yosemite Drive Tuesday.
They say first arriving units found light smoke when they arrived to the home.
Fire officials say upon entry into the building, they found a fire in the bedroom on a mattress. According to OFD, that’s when responding units found a deceased man on the mattress.
We are told crews were able to quickly extinguish the fire in the bedroom.
During their search, fire officials tell 14 News they found a woman across the hall in another bedroom. They say she was taken to the hospital and later died.
Investigators say the fire was likely accidental.
OPD and KSP are investigating how it started.
Owensboro police explain why they’re leading this investigation.
“Anytime there’s a death investigation, whether it be from a fire or anything else, we’re involved. We always handle the death investigation portion of it, and the reason that Kentucky State Police is assisting is because they have investigators that specialize in arson investigations,” explained officer Andrew Boggess.
Detectives are investigating, and anyone with additional information can call OPD at 270-687-8888, or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at 270687-8484.