By Kyle Lovern
INEZ, Ky. - An arrest has been made in connection with a Saturday morning house fire at Inez, Kentucky, that claimed the lives of three people, according to the Kentucky State Police, which is still investigating the blaze.
Troopers from KSP Post 9 in Pikeville, Kentucky, arrested 41-year-old Jack D. Smith of Inez in connection with the ongoing investigation that is being conducted by Detective Tony Tackett.
Smith was lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center on three counts of murder, one count of first-degree robbery and one count of tampering with physical evidence, according to the arrest report in the case.
The victims were identified as 8-year-old Trinity Maynard, 42-year-old Tina Goble, and 47-year-old Cainie Johnson. Trinity Maynard was in the care of her grandmother, Tina Goble, and was living in the home with her and Tina’s boyfriend, Johnson.
The report of a residential structure fire in the Martin County community came in at 4:20 a.m. Saturday to Post 9 in Pikeville.
KSP detectives, the Post 9 arson investigator, and the State Fire Marshal’s office were on scene at the residence this weekend conducting various facets of the investigation.
According to results of the preliminary investigation, the three bodies were found in the charred remains of the residence. Those bodies were taken to the State Medical Examiner’sOffice for autopsy and identification.
Some media outlets reported that neighbors heard a loud explosion before the fire broke out. The neighbors attempted to enter the dwelling, according to witnesses, but it was just too dangerous as the fire spread quickly throughout the house.
(Kyle Lovern is the sports editor of the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277, or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)