7 families left homeless after Jeffersonville fire


by Chelsea Rabideau


Posted on March 20, 2013 at 11:52 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 21 at 12:02 AM

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind.(WHAS11)  – Seven families are without homes after a fire ripped through a Jeffersonville town home complex. The fire happened in the 1200 block of Allison Lane.

As firefighters battled gusty winds trying to knock the fire out, worried residents huddled at the Oak Park Baptist church across the street, thinking about what they’d lost.

“Just pictures and memories and things you can’t get back of the children when they were little,” Natasha Clark explained, “Devastating, it’s awful. To know you lost everything.”

Clark was home with her baby boy Elijah when someone pounded on the door. It wasn’t alarms that alerted most residents to the danger.

“I guess a Good Samaritan had stopped by and saw the smoke,” Edward Raisley, who lived in the building, said. “[He] was able to get us all out of there.”

Jeffersonville Fire Department Chief Eric Hedrick said the fire started at the center of the building, possibly in the attic. The crews faced a couple major challenges.

Sky11 was on the scene, photos here.

“The wind certainly made a really challenge for our guys. Wind was 30-35 mph,” Chief Hedrick explained.

He also says there was a water supply problem, “The neighborhood behind the complex didn’t have any hydrants that were close enough for us to lay into.”

Tankers were brought in from Charlestown and Utica, but for most of the building, it was too late.

“I’m not worried about the home or belongings right now, just figuring out what we’re going to do from here,” Raisely said.

No one will be allowed back into the complex for the night. The American Red Cross of Clark County brought food and drinks and is helping these families figure out where they’ll go from here.