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Lockridge man dies in fire

LOCKRIDGE - A Lockridge man died Saturday, apparently as a result of a fire that occurred in a house he was staying in.

Michael Goosey, 66, was found unresponsive at a home at 203 W. Main St. after the Jefferson County Law Center received a call at 5:46 p.m. Saturday in reference to a structure fire. According to a news release from the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office, efforts to resuscitate Goosey were unsuccessful, and he was pronounced dead upon arrival at the Jefferson County Health Center.

Lockridge Fire Chief Charlie Johnson said at least one other person was in the house at the time. She was treated for smoke inhalation and released from the hospital the following day. Another person went into the home after the fire started. That woman was treated for smoke inhalation and released later that same day.

“There were no smoke detectors in the house. I cannot preach this enough, how people need smoke detectors in their homes,” Johnson said.

The person who notified law enforcement reported that fireworks ignited a mattress in the home. Units from the Lockridge, Fairfield and Mt. Pleasant fire departments responded, along with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and Midwest Ambulance. Firefighters were on scene from just before 6 p.m. until almost 9:30 p.m.

Johnson said fireworks went off when firefighters arrived at the scene. He said it was difficult to investigate because the bedroom, where the fire started, was completely burnt. Johnson said the house was a total loss.

The start of the fire is believed to be accidental. Foul play is not suspected at this time.