BOONE COUNTY, Ky. (FOX19) - Union Fire Department crews recovered the body of a woman in the debris of a house fire that went up in flames on Tuesday.
“She was in the basement below the master bedroom,” Chief Michael Morgan of the Union Fire Department said.
Her remains are being sent to Louisville to be identified but fire officials say they are confident they know who she is.
“The family’s been here. They’ve been notified. There were some personal belongings that were collected. We’ve passed those on,” Chief Morgan said.
During the search, crews also found two dogs and a rabbit that died.
The fire, which broke out around 3:12 p.m. Tuesday, destroyed the $500,000 home in the Triple Crown neighborhood.
Chief Morgan said because of the way the house collapsed they had to meticulously pull it apart layer by layer.
“There was so much building material on top of different rooms. Just that methodical search to make sure we didn’t miss anything,” he said.
Right now, investigators still think the fire started in the basement and was burning for a while before fire crews were called to put it out.
How the fire burned contributed to the difficulty of the search.
“The way it collapsed in that it made somewhat difficult to sift through and find,” Chief Morgan said.
A private fire investigator from the insurance agency covering the home has been brought in to help the fire department determine how the fire started.