Dozens displaced following fire at Park at Hurstbourne apartments


by WHAS11

Posted on January 19, 2013 at 6:40 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 8 at 4:48 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Tenants of 28 units are displaced after an early morning fire at a Fern Creek apartment building early Saturday morning.

According to dispatchers, the fire started at the Park at Hurstbourne Apartments in the 5500 block of Hames Trace around 4 a.m. It took 70 firefighters from four different departments to put out the fire.

This is the second major fire at the complex in less than six months.

“I do not know what is causing all of these fires… if there is an electrical problem that needs to be addressed. I do have concerns. I have three children that do come stay with me and you know I would hate to get up in the middle of the night because there is a fire and have something go wrong,” tenant Bill Dudgeon said.

The Lenox family lives close to where the fire started and where able to escape with just the pajamas they had on. The family moved into the complex in December from Iowa.

“We just started over from a new state and now it’s all gone,” Melissa Lenox said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation; however a fire in August at the complex was ruled as an electrical fire.

Todd Lenox says he did notice several issues with their electrical outlets since his family moved in.  “We’d have liked the TV on, the light on, and turn the vacuum on [and] the circuit would pop.”

Four departments responded to the scene, including Beuchel, Fern Creek, Jeffersontown and Highview.

No injuries were reported.

The property management declined to comment to WHAS11.