GREENVILLE, Ky. —
Recke described the region as “a rural area where everybody knows everybody.” The house is in a small neighborhood of single-family dwellings, trailers and farmland.
The side and roof of the small, white-wood frame house with three bedrooms and an enclosed porch collapsed around the chimney. In front of the house, a white van stood on a concrete parking pad. At least five kids’ bikes and a child’s riding toy were strewn about the yard near a swing set.
Keith said the home was “wore out” and the children played constantly in the yard.
“They kept them in the yard and didn’t let them out of their sight,” Keith said.
Several first responders lived near the home and reported that the house was fully engulfed when they arrived, within minutes of getting the call, Recke said.
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