Monday, September 03, 2001

UK student killed in apartment fire

        LEXINGTON — A 19-year-old University of Kentucky student died early Saturday morning while she was sleeping after a kitchen fire clouded her apartment with smoke.

        Firefighters found Shea Elizabeth Johnson unresponsive on her bedroom floor in the Sonnet Cove apartment complex, said Maj. Mike Bossert of the Lexington fire department.

        Authorities said the fire appeared to be an accident; a stove burner wasn't turned off. The burner ignited nearby materials, possibly paper towels, but flames did not spread beyond the kitchen, Maj. Bossert said.

        Ms. Johnson was taken to UK Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 5:25 a.m. Saturday, authorities said. An autopsy showed that Ms. Johnson died of smoke inhalation, according to the Fayette County coroner's office.


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