Locals mourn Hoss after fire Sunday

By Staff Report

A Kuttawa woman was found dead in her home Sunday morning after emergency workers responded to a house fire.

Emergency crews were dispatched in response to a fire alarm at the residence of Patricia Hoss on Lake Barkley Drive just after 6 a.m. Sunday. Kentucky State Police Post 1 confirmed receiving a call from a neighbor stating the house was on fire.

Kuttawa and Eddyville fire departments responded to the residence.

Upon their arrival, fire and smoke were noted coming from the residence. After the fire was extinguished, Hoss' body was located inside the house.

Hoss, 80, was pronounced dead at the scene by Lyon County Coroner Ronnie Patton. Investigators believe Hoss died as a result of the fire, but are awaiting confirmation from an autopsy at the Medical Examiner's Office in Madisonville.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated, but foul play is not suspected.

Members of the Kuttawa City Council expressed their remorse Monday night for the community's loss.

"Ms. Hoss served on our ambulance board for a number of years, until she got to where she didn't feel she could any more," said Jerry Phelps, councilman and Kuttawa Fire Department member. "It is a great loss for the city."

Councilwoman Sandra Stark commended the first responders for their quick action.

"I want to thank the fire departments and first responders who handled the situation yesterday," Stark said. "In my opinion, we are very lucky that we have the courageous, well-trained men and women we have for Kuttawa.

"It was a sad day, but it's nice to know they have our back."

KSP was assisted at the scene by Kuttawa Fire Department, Eddyville Fire Department, Eddyville Police Department, Lyon County Ambulance Service, and the Lyon County Coroner.

The investigation is continuing by KSP Detective David Dick and Investigator Mike Smith. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police Post 1 at 270-856-3721 or anonymously at 1-800-222-5555.