RINEYVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- One person is dead after a fire at a home in Hardin County Thursday morning. 

Investigators say the fire started upstairs around 4:45 a.m. at the home on KY 220 in Rineyville.

Firefighters battled cold and windy conditions while putting out the fire. It took 22 firefighters more than an hour to get the fire under control.  

"It was a combination of things," said NeVelle Skaggs, a fire investigator with the Rineyville Fire Department. "We had wind blowing this morning that was impeding our work, we had a hard time getting the fire to stay out.”

The victim, who has not been identified, was found during a sweep of the home. Investigators believe the victim was sleeping when the fire started. 

"It's kind of our worst nightmare, to be quite frank, because our job -- we've been trained for years to save lives," Skaggs said. "And when you have this happen you feel defeated." 

No one else was home at the time of the fire and the cause is under investigation. Investigators could not say if the home had working smoke detectors because they were completely burned. 

The state fire marshal is leading the investigation into the cause of the fire. 

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