Fatal fire follow up

Personnel from both the Murray Fire Department and Murray Police Department survey the burned remains of a mobile home on June 12 at the Riviera Courts Mobile Home Community on Murray's north side. One person died in the blaze. The report of City of Murray Fire Marshal Greg Molinar indicated Friday that the blaze was accidental in nature.

MURRAY — A report in regards to a fatal fire that occurred a few weeks ago at a Murray mobile home facility indicates that the blaze was accidental in nature. 

City of Murray Fire Chief Eric Pologruto said Friday that the report of Fire Marshal Greg Molinar was completed sometime Friday morning and says nothing out of the ordinary appears to have caused the fire that claimed the life of a Murray woman. Calloway County Coroner Ricky Garland identified the victim as Lanie Gray, 19. 

“Nothing was found in (Molinar’s) investigation to point to anything other than accidental means as having caused this fire,” Pologruto said. “Now, what actually started the fire remains undetermined, but as far as this being arson or something, no, that is not what was discovered.”

However, while Molinar’s investigation is showing no foul play was involved, Pologruto said the report will now go to the Kentucky State Police’s arson investigations unit. He said this a customary measure in cases where a death occurred in a fire and serves as an added layer of review to make sure all bases are covered in the case. 

The Murray Police Department also has assisted in the investigation, but MPD Public Information Officer Sgt. Brant Shutt said earlier that this also was routine in such cases.

The June 12 blaze destroyed a unit at the Riviera Courts Mobile Home Community on the city’s north side. Firefighters pulled Gray from the home in the early-morning hours of the 12th after the Murray Fire Department had responded to a call of a structure fire with a person being trapped inside. 

Pologruto earlier said that firefighters immediately transferred care to personnel from the Murray-Calloway County Ambulance Service, but it was quickly determined that the victim was deceased from the injuries received in the fire. 

Garland also said Friday that results from an autopsy examination at the Kentucky State Medical Examiner’s Office in Madisonville have not been received yet, thus keeping the cause of Gray’s death unknown. 

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