Highland house fire spreads, leaves resident displaced


by Brittany Gonzalez


Posted on December 5, 2013 at 5:22 AM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 1:23 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- An early morning house fire on Dec. 5 in the Highlands gave fire crews several problems. According to Lt. Col. Jeff Botner with Louisville Fire and Rescue, heavy down pour caused the smoke to stay low to the ground essentially creating a dense fog.

Extra crews had to come to the 600 block of Baxter to help put the fire out around 4:15 a.m. that started in the second floor of the house.

Takorey McInotsh was at a nearby restaurant when he saw the flames. McInotsh and a few friends ran over to the house and knocked on doors and windows to alert anyone inside.

McInotsh said he tried to go inside to the second floor but the smoke was too overwhelming. Neighbors said the first floor of the house is used as a property management business and the second floor is an apartment. The renter was not home at the time of the fire but returned to the scene and told WHAS11 he had just moved in a month ago.

Officials said they did not hear or find any fire alarms, but were continuing to search for those in the ruble.

The fire did spread to a neighboring home and forced a woman and her dog to evacuate, but the damage to that property is minimal.

An investigation is still on going to determine a cause.

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