Apartment fire displaces 24 people


by WHAS11


Posted on October 7, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 8 at 8:00 AM

Sunday evening apartment fire

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Fire crews were called to the scene of an apartment fire at 8115 Lake Avenue in the Lyndon neighborhood of Louisville. The fire was reported around 4:30 and the building was evacuated around 4: 45 Sunday evening.

We are told the fire started in a unit on the third floor of the Westbury Harbor Apartment Complex. Fire officials are not sure what room the fire started in, but they say it spread to the attic causing the roof to collapse.

Brianna Goldsmith lives two floors below where the fire started. She says people were running and screaming from the building as they evacuated.

“I looked upstairs…there’s flames busting out of the windows. People beating on doors saying, ‘come on, come on there’s a fire,’’ said Goldsmith.

David Ewing lives in the unit next to where the fire started. He was home with his kids, brother and nephew when he smelled smoke.

“I thought somebody was burning something on the stove, you know burning some food. I went and I got everybody in the back and ran and knocked on all the doors. Smoke started blowing out of the building,” said Ewing.
Three fire crews responded to the blaze that left 24 people displaced. Major David Howser tells WHAS11 no one was home in the apartment where the fire started. Howser says fire investigators were on the scene but it is too early to tell what may have started the blaze.

At least one unit has been destroyed by the fire and 12 other units were affected. No one was injured.

The Red Cross is helping the displaced families.