3 apartment buildings damaged after early morning Fern Creek fir - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Fire at apartment complex leaves several displaced

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Several residents have been displaced after an early morning fire in the Fern Creek neighborhood. Even those who did not suffer fire damage said they are still very upset.

"This is about as bad as it can get," said Fern Creek Fire Chief Mike Schmidt.

Schmidt said the fire started around 4 a.m. at building 5709 Hames Trace in an upstairs apartment.

"The fire ran straight through the bedroom and into the attic and ran through the attic, so it is a total loss."

The cause is undetermined, but the eight-unit building had to be evacuated, along with two other buildings. Schmidt said this was not the first time crews had been to The Park at Hurstbourne apartment complex.

"When this place was built it was the largest complex in the state of Kentucky, it has the population of a small city, it is not uncommon to have runs here," said Schmidt.

Schmidt explained the two units adjacent to the 5709 were destroyed by a fire in August.

No injuries were reported, but neighbors say they are still fearful, because fires keep happening.  They say they believe an electrical problem and old wiring could be to blame.

"I am angry," said resident Annie Rogers.

"They need to make some changes and they need to do it now, they should have done it a long time ago."

Those who live in the complex say they just want to feel safe and hope something is done.

"For this to continue to happen, do we need to burn everyone out of the entire complex?" said Rogers.

"This is not okay, people are losing everything."

Rogers said her autistic son cannot sleep at night because he has been traumatized by other fires in the past.

Officials say the two other buildings were evacuated because the power was turned off as a safety precaution.  Schmidt said an electrician would have to come inspect those two buildings before the

Fire officials say the Red Cross is trying to help those displaced families find a place to live.

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