Uncle speaks out about house fire that killed his nephew


JESSAMINE COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – An early morning house fire on Carroll Lane killed one man.

The coroner confirms the man is 48 year old Ronnie Ray Hall.

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Ronnie’s uncle, Thomas Salle and his wife were sitting downstairs when they smelled something burning.

Thomas ran upstairs to the room where he knew his nephew was, but all he could see was smoke and fire.

When fire departments arrived on scene shortly after 5 am, they were aware Ronnie was upstairs but they couldn’t get to him in time to save him.

Coroner, Michael Hughes believes Ronnie died of smoke inhalation.

“It’s a tragedy. It’s a shock,” said Thomas Sallee.

It took fire crews about seven minutes to extinguish the fire.

The Jessamine County fire chief says the fire originated from the room on the second floor and was contained to that area.

Sallee says he lived with his wife and Ronnie for 12 years at the home.

He and his wife will repair the damage.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation and the body has been taken to Frankfort for an autopsy.