Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Fayette | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Warren | Webster

Bizarre Fire Claims Life of Madisonville Man

Fire 03_house_300MADISONVILLE, KY (12/3/12) – Early yesterday morning at approximately 1:30 AM, emergency crews responded to reports of a structure fire at 413 Hall Street.

Madisonville Fire Department Chief Steve Stoltz told SurfKY News that when firefighters arrived, there was no visible smoke or fire, and officers from Madisonville Police Department were already on-scene.

“Dispatch had said that we possibly had one person trapped inside the house,” said Stoltz. “When we arrived on the scene, the PD had arrived prior to us and had conversed with the family, who had gotten home from a shopping trip, and had found a family member inside the house deceased.”

The victim was 57-year-old Anthony Civils. He lived in the single-story structure with his daughter, who returned home to find it full of smoke, according to Hopkins County Coroner Dennis Mayfield. She was unable to make entry into the room where a disabled Civils was confined to his bed. When MPD arrived on-scene, they kicked in the metal door to the fire room and found Civils already deceased.

The fire was atypical, in that there were no flames to battle when MFD arrived. Temperatures and gasses were elevated when firefighters entered, and positive pressure fans were set up to ventilate the home through the window in the room where the fire originated.

“The fire had burned itself out, basically,” Stoltz said. “It was a new house. It was sealed-up really tight. He had the door closed, and he was a heavy smoker, according to family members. It looked like he fell asleep, and the fire started and burned up all the oxygen and material in the room and went-out.” He added that this type of self-extinguishing fire is something the FD doesn’t see very often.

Stoltz said that the inside pane of the new, double-paned windows had broken from the heat, but the second, outside pane was intact. Had that outer pane broken, the additional oxygen would have fueled the fire, and Stoltz speculated a larger house fire would have ensued.

According to the official fire report, the investigation “strongly suggests the victim was smoking in bed and fell asleep. The fire started beside the bed where a cardboard box was being used as a nightstand, then spread to the middle and foot of the bed.”

Overall damage to the structure, which is owned by Stephanie Minor, was characterized as minor, while the home’s contents were moderately damaged.

MPD Lieutenant Robert Carter said that police do not have an open investigation on the incident, as circumstances appear to be purely accidental.

Mayfield said that an autopsy will be conducted today at the state Medical Examiner’s office in Louisville.

In all, 6 MFD units responded to the scene, which was cleared at 2:57 PM. Medical Center Ambulance Service and the Madisonville Light Department also assisted at the scene. The state Fire Marshal’s office was contacted as well, according to the official MFD report.

Casey Piscitelli SurfKY News

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

3/12 - 718 switched from reg 2 to hopkins only
3/13 - 16
447 on Feb 15th (Val ad ended) switched to kid books
CHANGED TO SIMPLE AD ON 2/19 619 HITS

Stock Report

1 DOW 16,408.54
-16.31 (-0.10%)    
2 S&P 1,864.85
+2.54 (0.14%)    
3 NASDAQ 4,095.52
+9.29 (0.23%)    
3/12 - 718 switched from reg 2 to hopkins only
3/13 - 16
447 on Feb 15th (Val ad ended) switched to kid books
CHANGED TO SIMPLE AD ON 2/19 619 HITS
3/12 - 718 switched from reg 2 to hopkins only
3/13 - 16
447 on Feb 15th (Val ad ended) switched to kid books
CHANGED TO SIMPLE AD ON 2/19 619 HITS

In Other News...

Kentucky State Parks Foundation Awards Grants for Trail Improvements

FRANKFORT, Ky. (4/20/14) — The Kentucky State Parks Foundation has awarded matching grants to two Kentucky State Parks… Read More

Free Sports Physical Dates Set for Murray, Calloway, Eastwood Students

MURRAY, Ky. (4/19/14) – Murray-Calloway County Hospital will host its annual free sports physicals to local middle and… Read More
3/12 - 718 switched from reg 2 to hopkins only
3/13 - 16
447 on Feb 15th (Val ad ended) switched to kid books
CHANGED TO SIMPLE AD ON 2/19 619 HITS

Most Read This Week (Site-Wide)

April 16, 2014 19404

UPDATE- Sheriff's Office Following Leads…

in Top Stories by Taylor Riley, SurfKY News Reporter
April 17, 2014 4363

KSP Nabs St. Charles Man Wanted by U.S.…

in Top Stories by Trooper Stu Recke
April 16, 2014 3118

Sheriff's Deputies Nab Central City…

in Top Stories by Sheriff Curtis McGehee
April 17, 2014 2790

Meet The Hopkins County Magistrate…

in News by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
April 16, 2014 1551

Rand Paul - 'We Need a New President'

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News Reporter

Most Read Stories from Hopkins County

April 17, 2014 4363

KSP Nabs St. Charles Man Wanted by U.S.…

in Top Stories by Trooper Stu Recke
April 18, 2014 1090

Talking Teen Trashed Telephone Pole,…

in Top Stories by MPD
April 18, 2014 887

Earlington Traffic Stop Results in Meth…

in Top Stories by Trooper Stu Recke
April 17, 2014 720

Center Street-Island Ford Connector in…

in Top Stories by Rebecca Hanchett
April 16, 2014 611

Madisonville Doctors, Nurses, Officials…

in Top Stories by Taylor Riley, SurfKY News Reporter

Most Read Stories from Owensboro

April 16, 2014 901

New Home Health Care Opens in Owensboro

in News by Dennis Beard, SurfKY News
April 18, 2014 698

Daviess County School Board Hears…

in News by Dennis Beard, SurfKY News
April 18, 2014 674

One Arrested, Another Injured in Single…

in News by J.D. Marksberry
April 16, 2014 605

DCPS to Celebrate National Volunteer Week

in News by Lora Wimsatt
April 17, 2014 286

Owensboro Public Works Declares 'War on…

in Top Stories by Abby Shelton

Most Read Stories from Muhlenberg County

April 16, 2014 3118

Sheriff's Deputies Nab Central City…

in Top Stories by Sheriff Curtis McGehee
April 16, 2014 1248

South Carrollton Woman Injured in Head-on…

in Top Stories by Trooper Stu Recke
April 17, 2014 1142

Bremen Man Charged for Possession of…

in Top Stories by Muhlenberg Sheriff Curtis McGehee
April 16, 2014 1030

Three Injured in Kentucky 70 Collision

in Top Stories by Trooper Stu Recke
April 17, 2014 949

Watson Family Tragedy Inspires Muhlenberg…

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News Reporter

SurfKY News Group, Inc. Central Office & Printing Division
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431  •  270.452.2249 (fax)
Main Number: 270.452.2727 (phone)  •  Printing Division Direct Line: 270.821.8600 (phone)

SurfKY Owensboro News Bureau
920 Frederica St. / Suite 210  •  Owensboro, KY 42301  •  270.683-8060 (phone)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social 06social 21social 22social 04social 03