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William Pearl Rucker dies at University Hospital

By The Staff

Landmark News Service

A man police accused of causing an explosion and fire during a methamphetamine operation at an Upton apartment earlier this month died Aug. 22 at University Hospital in Louisville after weeks of suffering from extreme burns sustained in the blast and fire.

William Pearl Rucker, 45, of Munfordville, was severely burned by the explosion and subsequent fire Aug. 3 at the Murrieltown Road apartment complex where he’d been renting an apartment.

Kentucky State Police and state fire marshal investigators said shortly after the fire was suppressed that evidence of a meth lab had been discovered in the charred remains of Rucker’s apartment. Police later said no charges would be sought against Rucker, since only scattered and partial evidence relating to a meth lab could be recovered.

Rucker, according to an obituary, was buried Aug. 25 at Munfordville’s Municipal Cemetery in Hart County. Sego Funeral Home handled Rucker’s funeral arrangements.