Apartment fire disrupts traffic near Third Street Road


by Maggie Ruper


Posted on October 28, 2013 at 7:24 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 28 at 11:47 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Several families were evacuated from their homes Monday evening after a fire at the Legacy Apartments just south of Iroquois Park.

The fire happened in the 5500 block of Hunt Club Lane which closed a portion of Third Street Road.

Several people who live in the building say this isn’t the first time they’ve come home and have found it destroyed.

“The smoke was real bad when I came around the corner – my auntie’s apartment was on fire,” witness Lonnie Moore said.

Moore captured smoke billowing from the Legacy apartment complex on his cell phone which damaged 6 units.

Residents say they did hear smoke detectors going off but one woman’s first warning came from her neighbor who told others that she saw smoke in her apartment.

“As soon as she left, I turned around, told my children to get their clothes and shoes and get out as soon as I did. Black smoke started coming out of our vent,” she said.

Fairdale Fire Chief Don Wittry believes the fire started in a common area which he thinks it could be an electrical issue.

The building owners have faced previous violations and were instructed in January 2012 to have a licensed electrician inspect outlets. They complied by April.

What’s more this time around, firefighters say they faced some challenges getting the smoke and flames under control which took about 40 minutes.

“We did have some problems with a hydrant here in the complex. The hydrant itself did not operate. It’s a privately-owned hydrant owned by the apartment complex. We’re gonna deal with those folks tomorrow over that issue,” Wittry said.

The official cause of the fire is under investigation and firefighters believe the fire isn’t suspicious.