UPDATE: 60-year-old man identified as victim in fatal Lexington fire

Cause of fire at 322 Clay Avenue not yet released.

UPDATE POSTED JANUARY 19, 2022 AT 7:30 A.M.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The man who died in an apartment fire last week in Lexington has been identified as 60-year-old Mark Greenwell, according to Fayette County Croner Gary Ginn.

Greenwell’s remains were fund inside one of three apartments in a recently renovated building at 322 Clay Avenue. The body had fallen through the floor when it collapsed, officials said.

The cause or death is ending an autopsy, Ginn said. No cause f the fire has been released.

UPDATED STORY POSTED JANUARY 12, 2022 AT 5:30 P.M.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – One person is dead after an early morning fire at a home divided into three apartments, and investigators still have questions.

According to the Lexington Fire Department, the apartment unit that caught fire was on the right side of the building, occupied by a man. The blaze was reported at 3:40 a.m. at 322 Clay Avenue.

Officials are still looking into the identification of a body, found later after initial investigation, in the unit caught fire. According to Fayette County Coroner Gary Ginn, the flames were so intense that the floor collapsed, and the victim was not initially found as they had fallen under the floor.

“The remains have been severely burned and the fire was intense enough that the individual dropped through the main floor to the crawl space underneath,” said Ginn.

According to Ginn, only one man occupied the triplex; the other renter had moved out just days before, and the third unit was being renovated.

Fire crews say the blaze was considered “heavy fire conditions,” and while it took them 20 minutes to get the fire under control, it took about two hours to completely put it out. According to Lexington Fire Department Major Derek Roberts, the design of the house made it difficult to find the fire’s origin.

“Like a lot of the buildings on campus, it’s cut up into apartments. We have three apartments here, so when you encounter those conditions you end up chasing the fire into knee walls and stuff like that, which causes us more difficultly in finding the scene of the fire and putting it out,” said Roberts.

Officials are still investigating whether the victim’s cause of death is solely related to the fire, and whether they were the tenant of the unit or someone else.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

ORIGINAL STORY POSTED JANUARY 12, 2022 AT 9:41 A.M. 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)  – One person is dead in an early-morning house fire in Lexington.

According to the Lexington Fire Department and Coroner Gary Ginn, the person died in a fire in a triplex at 322 Clay Ave. near the University of Kentucky campus between Euclid Avenue and East High Street. The fire was reported at 3:40 a.m. and shut down traffic in part of the area while crews battled the blaze.

When firefighters arrived, they found what they called “heavy fire conditions.” It took them about 20 minutes to get the fire under control. Crews extended handlines into the building to extinguish the fire.  The structure sustained significant fire damage, according to the fire department.

Initially firefighters didn’t find any victims but a more detailed search found a victim under the floor, which had collapsed because of the heat, firefighters said this morning.

The home was divided into three apartments, but officials said only one was rented.

Inspectors remain on the scene Wednesday morning to begin an origin and cause investigation.

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