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Woman killed in Boyle County house fire identified

Firefighters found the victim, since identified as 64-year-old Gerri Compton, inside the bedroom.

DANVILLE, Ky. (WDKY) - One person is dead following a fire in Boyle County.

The fire started early Monday morning at a home on Old Hustonville Road, just south of Danville.

Officials aren't sure what caused the fire, but they think it started in the basement and then shot up through the bedroom and into the attic.

Firefighters found the victim, since identified as 64-year-old Gerri Compton, inside the bedroom. Investigators say they will send Compton's body to Frankfort for an autopsy.

Crews thought there could be a second person inside the home. Firefighters searched the house three times and did not find any additional victims.

"She lived alone, but since we had two vehicles in the driveway, we wanted to make very sure before we left that that there were no other victims in the structure," Fire Chief Donnie Sexton of the Boyle County Fire Department said.

A family friend came to the scene after hearing the news.

"Complete shock," said friend, Donnie Goode. "We first heard about this this morning on Facebook and my girlfriend said 'I have to go see. It looks like her house.'"

Kentucky State Police is handling the investigation.

"Just because on arson investigator shows up on the scene doesn’t mean that it’s an arson. That’s one of the tools and resources we have available to us. To actually put somebody who’s familiar with fires and investigating fires inside the residence," Trooper Robert Purdy explained.

Compton oversaw the kitchen at the Boyle County Detention Center. The people who knew her described her as caring and sweet, and also said that she took pride in her job. The chaplain at the detention center said Compton’s death has been hard on her coworkers who thought of her as family.

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