One dead in Letcher County house explosion

NEON, Ky. — Police in Letcher County are investigating a fatal house explosion.

The incident happened Sunday night shortly after 9 p.m. in the Millstone Community near Neon. Emergency personnel were called to a residence on Millstone Road following reports of an explosion at a residence in the area.

Letcher County Coroner Renee Campbell confirmed to EKB News that one person was found deceased inside the remains of the burned residence where the explosion was reported to have happened. Campbell said the person’s body would be sent to Frankfort to the State Medical Examiner’s office for identification.

No cause for the apparent explosion has been released. Kentucky State Police arson investigators and State Fire Marshal personnel are heading up the ongoing investigation. The Neon and Mayking volunteer fire departments also responded to the incident.