this was sad news

Preston’s dad just called to let us know before we saw it on the news tonight:

WYMT Mountain News

Teenager Killed In Early Morning Fire

Aug 26, 2006 08:26 PM

An early morning house fire in Harlan County leaves one teenager dead and a family in mourning.

A sad day in Loyall where a neighbor says she woke up to someone yelling for help around 5:30 Saturday morning, as a fire spread through two apartments above a laundromat. Officials say four people escaped unharmed from one of the apartments, but 17 year old Mary Ellen Hickey, a junior at Cawood High School, died of smoke inhalation and heat in the other apartment.

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Author: Mari Adkins

Appalachian gothic fiction writer - my works reflect a love of literature flavored by the darkness and magic residing in these ancient mountains. In my spare time, I'm a Simmer, I tumbl, I journal, but I always have a very strange sense of humor. I have lived away from the mountains and lived deep in the mountains. I currently live in Central Kentucky with my lifepartner and his cat. The mountains, their culture, their superstitions, their particular magics, will always be in my blood.