(Jackson, KY) – The victim in a Breathitt County house fire last week has been positively identified. First responders were called to a residential structure fire on Thursday, November 5, on Big Branch South Fork Road in the South Fork community. Upon arrival the house was found to be engulfed in flames. Patricia Stewart advised investigators that she and her father, 90 year old Troy Neace lived at the residence, and that she was awakened by the fire at around 5:15 a.m. She stated that she woke her father to get him out of the residence, and thought he had followed her out, but once she got outside she realized that he wasn’t with her. Stewart was transported to Kentucky River Medical Center in Jackson for treatment of smoke inhalation.
A search of the residence was conducted later in the day and human remains were discovered. The remains were sent for an autopsy at the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort for identification. Investigators with Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard advised Tuesday afternoon that the remains had been identified as Troy Neace. This incident remains under investigation by Detective Billy Pollard and Arson Investigator Randy Gabbard with KSP Post 13.