East end estate destroyed by fire

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by Karma Dickerson

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 25, 2014 at 5:51 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 26 at 12:41 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- An expensive home in Eastern Jefferson county goes up in flames, and neighbors say a woman inside managed to get out safely.

The brick façade is basically all that still holds up the home at 313 Longview Park Place.  The inside fire fighters tell WHAS 11, was mostly gutted from top to bottom.

“There has been a heavy collapse in the rear, the roof's burnt completely off”, Simpsonville Fire Chief Ronnie Sowder said.  Simpsonville was called out along with Anchorage, Harrods, Middletown, and Lyndon fire departments to assist Eastwood Fire Department.

Despite their combined efforts, they say the fire was out of control by the time they responded, and the home was fully engulfed within fifteen minutes.

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“That's incredible because I don’t know the exact square footage of that house but I want to say, seven, eight thousand square feet.  For the house to be totally engulfed in flames so quickly is incredible”, next door neighbor Greg Schafer said.  

According to real estate website Zillow, the home is actually closer to it's actually closer to 9000 square feet.  

“The wind didn't help, the wind helped feed it and push it through the house on us”, Sowder said.

According to Schafer, homeowner Sheri Huff was inside the house at the time showering, she smelled smoke and ran out.  He's happy his neighbor escaped with her life, but staring at the shell of her home, can't help a feeling of regret.

“It's one of the most beautiful homes that I've ever been through here in Locust Creek and it’s just a shame to see it go down in flames like that”, Shafer said.

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