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 Martha Ellen <I>Sanders</I> Collins

Martha Ellen Sanders Collins

Pike County, Kentucky, USA
Death 21 Dec 1997 (aged 53)
Pike County, Kentucky, USA
Burial Pikeville, Pike County, Kentucky, USA
Memorial ID 110187806 · View Source
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4 Die When Fire Hits House At Pikeville

Four persons died when a blaze of undetermined origin destroyed the three-room frame home of Arthur Lee (Hot Shot) Collins, 29, of the Williamson Road about 3 p.m. last Thursday.

The victim's were Collins, disabled and unemployed, his two sons, James Ervin, four-years-old, and Johnny Michael, 18 months old, and Collins deaf mute cousin, Leonard Goble, 59, who made his home with Collins.

Collins' wife, Mrs. Martha Sanders Collins, 25, gave birth to a boy about 5 a.m. the same day at the Pikeville Methodist Hospital, according to Collins' father, Ed, 63, who resides nearby.

The elder Collins said he last saw his son about 10 a.m. last Thursday.

Fire Chief Charles T. Smith said the house was beyond saving when firemen arrived. He added that an investigation of the fire would be conducted. Smith said that the bodies were spotted in the dwelling about five minutes after firemen arrived at the burning house.

A nearby outbuilding apparently was the only other structure in the area damaged. It was reported that the house was heated by coal.

Nothing in the house was saved, according to Robert Courtney, assistant fire chief.

Smith said the four apparently were the only victims and that the ruins had been searched by firemen and volunteers.

Volunteer firemen, city police, state police and members of the Pike County Emergency & Rescue Squad were at the scene.

Kermit Sexton, rescue squad captain, was passing the area when the fire alarm sounded about 2:45 p.m. last Thursday and said heat from the blaze was almost unbearable.

The bodies were described as badly burned.

The bodies were removed to the J. W. Call & Son Funeral Home.

A neighbor, Mrs. Elva Conway, noticed the odor of smoke about 2:45 p.m. last Thursday and notified firemen. She said she had passed the house enroute to a neighborhood store about 15 minutes earlier and noted nothing unusual at the Collins home.

A Pike County coroner's jury has ruled that the deaths of the four was accidental and that no

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foul play was indicated in their deaths, Pikeville Fire Chief Charles T. Smith reported.

Mrs. Collins and her baby were scheduled to go to the home of her sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Webb, of Road Fork Hollow, of Ferguson Creek near the Town & Country Shopping Center, Pikeville, last Friday.

The Pike County News, Thu 11 Dec 1969, p. 1-2, s. 1

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  • Maintained by: Amanda G Scarberry
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  • Find A Grave Memorial 110187806
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Martha Ellen Sanders Collins (1 Jul 1944–21 Dec 1997), Find A Grave Memorial no. 110187806, citing Justice Cemetery, Pikeville, Pike County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Amanda G Scarberry (contributor 49070347) .