3 kids among those treated after fire in Buechel apt. complex

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by Amy Stallings

WHAS11.com

Posted on November 14, 2013 at 2:32 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 20 at 5:20 PM

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The Buechel Fire Department responded to the scene of a fire at an apartment building on Six Mile Lane around 8:45 a.m. Thursday.

The fire broke out in the bottom unit of a three-story building in the 7300 block. Firefighters said one person was inside the unit when the fire broke out. Residents said the woman who lives in the unit where the fire broke out knocked on their doors to get them to evacuate.

Residents also worked together to make it to safety. Resident Jerry Adams and his wife grabbed their two dogs and also helped their neighbor, Richard Houston, get his three young children to safety.

“[Adams] and his wife grabbed big blankets and we all wrapped the kids up, but the smoke was coming so hard you couldn’t breathe…just got them out the steps,” Houston said.

Three women and three children, including Houston’s 10-month-old, were treated for smoke inhalation. The women were transported to the hospital for further treatment. Everyone is expected to be OK.

Investigators would not comment on where the fire started in the apartment but said there was heavy damage to the entire unit. 

Arson investigators are working to determine the cause. At this point investigators have not said whether they believe this is suspicious in nature.

The Red Cross is assisting those in need.

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