JOHNSON COUNTY, KY (WAVE) – A coroner is struggling with the loss of his step-daughter who died after her home caught fire Saturday night.
The Johnson County home was engulfed in flames when fire crews arrived.
Johnson County Coroner J.R. Frisby was there. He said he tried to save his step-daughter, Brenda Ward, 54, who was inside.
"I tried 4,5 6 times, me and some more men also we tried to go in through some windows," he said.
Ward was taken out of the home and taken to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead. Although Frisby deals with death often, he said when the situation changes when death strikes home, "It's a totally different situation, totally different, just so hard to deal with your own family."
Investigators have not released the cause of the fire. Frisby said he had just seen Ward smoking inside the home hours before she died.
"To me and her mother she was probably smoking and started the fire from her own cigarette," he said.
Neighbors said Ward was new to the block and called her a good neighbor who mostly kept to herself. Frisby is now trying to cope with the loss of a loved one he described as, "A loving, caring person. She was fun, fun to be around."