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Man burned in Monday house blaze

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By Alex Wimsatt

MOUNT WASHINGTON - One man was severely injured in a blaze Monday afternoon off Bardstown Road near Cox’s Creek.

Firefighters from Mount Washington and Southeast Bullitt were called to the scene at 737 Deerwood Road just after 3 p.m. on Monday.

Smoke could be seen from miles away as it billowed above the hills.

When emergency workers arrived from the fire departments, as well as Bullitt County EMS and the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Department, one man appeared to be injured from the blaze.

Bertis Howell 81, who was in or near the structure at the time of the inferno, was severely burned and was rushed to University of Louisville Hospital by Bullitt County EMS.

According to Chief Deputy Danny Thompson of the Bullitt County Sherriff’s Department, 60 percent of Howell’s body was burned.

The house is currently in foreclosure, and Thompson said Howell may have been moving things from the structure when it caught fire, but there’s no proof of where he was or what he was doing at the time.

He also said there was no evidence of whether or not there was anyone in or around the house besides Howell.

The home was most recently occupied by Damon Howell, 45, who is the son of Bertis Howell.

The  home had apparently been the seen of a drug investigation in the past.

The state fire marshal is currently investigating the origin and cause of the fire.

Thompson said the sheriff’s office will handle criminal investigation.