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Man dies in Madisonville house fire

Man dies in Madisonville house fire
Man dies in Madisonville house fire
Updated: Feb. 23, 2021 at 6:25 AM EST
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MADISONVILLE, Ky. (WFIE) - Police say a man was found dead after an overnight house fire in Madisonville.

According to a police report, Hopkins County Central Dispatch got a call of a house fire on East McLaughlin Street around 9 Monday night.

Madisonville fire Chief John Dunning says four units responded immediately.

“The fire was under control in a relatively short time,” Dunning said. “Around three or four minutes we had a good knock down on it.”

Crews found a victim inside the home.

They say the victim was found unresponsive and was pronounced dead at the scene by the coroner.

According to the coroner, the victim was 67-year-old John Porter.

Officials are still investigating the fire.

“It’s still too early to determine the cause,” Dunning said. “We don’t think it was deliberately set, it’s looking like an accidental fire. There was a bunch of electrical equipment plugged in.

Neighbors told 14 News crews arrived before they realized anything out of the ordinary was going on.

The neighbor said she saw the glass on the front door burst and a lot of smoke.

According to Dunning, the house is a total loss.

The value is estimated at around $15,000.

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