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Officials looking into Reidland fire

BY LEANNE FULLER AND CORIANNE EGAN news@paducahsun.com

Authorities expect foul play was involved in a Friday morning fire that took the life of a Reidland woman.

Fire crews were called to a home at 307 Tudor Blvd. just before 2 a.m. Friday. The call came from a motorist passing by, who reported flames coming from the home. Firefighters from the Reidland-Farley Fire Department battled the blaze for nearly 90 minutes before they were able to go inside. Once inside, they found the body of Julie Griffith, 55.

Part of the home, the western end of the house, was completely engulfed in flames when the department arrived on scene, only a minute after the emergency call was made to dispatch, McCracken County Sheriff Jon Hayden said. After performing an autopsy, Coroner Dan Sims said preliminary findings indicated foul play was involved. Both Hayden and Sims said that releasing any more details would damage the integrity of the investigation.

McCracken County Sheriff's Department Special Deputy Chuck Jordan said he knew Griffith, who was a member of the deputy's Sunday school class at Heartland Worship Center in Paducah. Jordan said Griffith was a member of the church's choir and its Faith Riders motorcycle class.

"We had a Sunday school class dinner last night and left at about 8:30 p.m., and here we are today," Jordan said.

Griffith's two dogs also died in the fire.

The state fire marshal is investigating the cause. Johnston said investigators arrived while he was at the scene, and Friday afternoon Archer said the investigation would continue into today.

In the meantime, Hayden is asking anyone with any information - including any video surveillance that may have been caught on Tudor Boulevard - to call the department at 270-444-4719.

Contact Leanne Fuller or Corianne Egan, Paducah Sun staff writers, at 270-575-8650.

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