9 displaced after fire consumes 3 Shelby Park homes


by Johnny Archer


Posted on October 29, 2013 at 5:34 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 20 at 5:20 PM

Triple home fire Ormsby Ave.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Three homes in the Shelby Park area of Louisville went up in flames overnight while most people were sound asleep.

“A lady came up stairs and said the house was on fire,” Barbara Phelps, whose home caught on fire, said.

The fire broke out around 4:30 a.m. in the 600 block of E. Ormsby Avenue.

“About an hour ago we were getting a bang at our door that woke us up and people were yelling that the house next door is on fire,” Jessica Massie, whose home also caught on fire, said.

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The raging fire started in one home and spread to two others. For Phelps, this is not the first time she has been through a house fire.

“This is the second time in five years that we got burned out of our place,” Phelps said. “[But] at a different home.”

Now, Phelps and nine other people displaced by the fire watched in disbelief as their homes burned in the morning hours.

“The patio, it was completely raging fire,” Massie said.

Fire officials said one woman was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

“With the challenges of getting in and finding the hidden fires, I would say there’s significant damage to the two two-story [homes] and moderate [damage] to the camel back [home] to the west,” Louisville Fire and Rescue Chief Greg Frederick said. 

It took fire fighters an hour and a half to contain the fire, but they still do not know the cause. Crews fought the blaze from ground and from air, while emotions ran high for the victims who lost so much.

“[I’m] scared,” Phelps said. “I don’t know what’s going to happen. I don’t know what to do.”

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