UPDATE: Remains of four people identified after deadly house explosion in Adair County
Officials are still trying to figure out what caused a home in Adair County, Ky. to explode Tuesday afternoon.
COLUMBIA, Ky. (WDRB) -- Officials say the remains of four people have been recovered after a house explosion that took place in Adair County, Kentucky, on Tuesday afternoon.
The four deceased have been identified as Mitchell Coomer, 60, his wife, 52-year-old Lori Coomer, their granddaughter, 1-year-old Kinley Rodgers and 32-year-old Steven Keltner, according to Kentucky State Police.
Michell’s son, 34-year-old Jason Coomer, survived the explosion and was able to identify the dead, police say.
Coomer was in the basement of the home, on the opposite side as the explosion and was able to escape the fire, according to police.
KSP Trooper Billy Gregory says it's still too early to name the cause of the fire or explosion, but he did mention that there is a natural gas well on the property that the family used.
"There is a gas well on the property but we don't have any information that would lead us to believe that there was something connected to that that led to the explosion," said Trooper Billy Gregory.
"The way I understand it, they dig for those in the same way they would dig for an oil well," Gregory said. "And once they puncture the surface, they hear it, they smell it."
Bearwallow United Methodist Church held a small service for the affected families Wednesday night.
"We come to celebrate that as best we know the loved ones have gone to a good place so we let our light shine cause that's what we're supposed to do," said Pastor Glenn LaFond.
Police say they are still waiting on DNA testing to officially confirm the identities of the victims. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
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