The Jackson County community is heartbroken over tragic news that greeted them over the weekend. Investigators are looking into the cause of a fire that killed an elderly woman in a Jackson County home Saturday morning. Firefighters say they were called to Morris Lane, off U.S. 421 in Sand Gap, just before 5 a.m. Kentucky State Police say firefighters later found the victim dead inside the home.
The woman's name was not immediately released. Police say her body was taken to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy. Jackson County Coroner Melvin “Blue” Lakes announced on Monday morning that it was Leah Jean Morris, 91, of Sand Gap. Police say there does not appear to be anything suspicious about the fire.
Firefighters say because there wasn't a nearby hydrant, five fire departments had to be called in to shuttle water, so the fire could be extinguished. Sand Gap Fire Department requested Mutual Aid for water supply. Seven Tankers and one engine shuttled over 30,000 gallons of water to McKee Engine 3 that pumped a constant water supply for Sand Gap Engine 1. The Sand Gap, McKee, Pond Creek and Gray Hawk fire departments from Jackson County, along with the Climax fire department from Rockcastle County were called to the fire.
According to her obituary Leah Jean Morris was born February 10, 1928 in Jackson County. She was the daughter of the late John Johnston & Eva Bowling Johnston. Jean is survived by three children, Gary (Wanda) Morris of Sand Gap, Michael (Anita) Morris of McKee and Susan Maupin of Berea. She was blessed with eight grandchildren, Bo Ryan (Tasha) Morris, Jake Wesley Morris, Gary Shane Morris, Todd Jeremy (Christy) Morris, Leah Tiffany Moody, Emily Grace Maupin, Molly Hannah Maupin and Robert Earl Benge Maupin and seven great grandchildren, Caleb Hayden Morris, Chase Hunter Morris, Haden Russell Morris Moody, Cameron Gage Morris, Madelyn Kate, Morris, Reagan Shane Morris and Carson Morris. In addition to her parents, Jean was also preceded in death by her loving husband, Earl Morris; brother, Johnny Johnston and sister, June Martin. Her family and this community will miss her.