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LOUISVILE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Three homes in the Shelby Park neighborhood were damaged by fire early this morning. At least nine people were left homeless by the flames that started in a duplex on Ormsby Avenue and spread to two nearby homes.
Louisville Fire & Rescue Chief Greg Frederick says the first reports of the fire came in around 4:40 a.m. He says the fire was already spreading by the time crews arrived minutes later.
"Units arrived on scene in three minutes and had heavy fire in two...large two-story dwellings that were in close proximity to each other and the fire was spreading to a third building," Frederick said.
One person was taken to the hospital and is expected to recover.
One resident told us she was about to get ready to leave for work when another resident warned her about the fire. She says she escaped unharmed but lost everything she owned in the fire.
When firefighters got on the scene around 4:40 in the morning, two homes were engulfed in flames. They had two concerns -- make sure everyone was out, and keep the fire from spreading further.
Chief Frederick said, "The good thing when you get on the scene and you know that everyone's out of the house -- that's a plus for us."
It took 30 firefighters about an hour and a half to get the flames under control.
The Red Cross has been called to assist the victims. Resident Barbara Phelps realized all she's lost: "Everything. It's all I've got. I don't have no clothes, I don't have no nothin.'"
Chief Frederick said, "You can replace a building, you can't replace a life."