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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A firefighter was injured after he fell from a second story window while battling a fire in the 3800 block of River Park Drive Friday afternoon.
According to a statement from Louisville Fire & Rescue Capt. Sal Melendez, crews responded about 12:30 p.m. to the fire. When they arrived, they found the roof of the three-story building fully engulfed in smoke and flames.
The building was originally built as a residential structure but the first floor had been reconverted into a liquor store. However, the upper floors were still configured as residential.
Melendez says that set-up posed an added hazard to crews fighting the fire.
According to Melendez, the building had been vacant and boarded up, and no one was reported to be living in it. During firefighting operations, and due to the heavy initial fire load, a second floor room partially collapsed, forcing crews inside to evacuate.
While trying to evacuate, one firefighter fell from a second floor window and a minor head injury and a fractured wrist. That firefighter, 27-year-old Josiah M. Bailey, was taken to University of Louisville Hospital but was expected to be released.
The fire caused damage to an adjacent home, where no one was home at the time.
It took 25 firefighters 43 minutes to control the fire. Arson investigators have determined there were multiple intentionally set fires on multiple floors. Witnesses at the scene told arson investigators that three juveniles (no specific description) were seen running away from the scene at the time of the fire.
Anyone with any information is asked to call the Metro Arson Bureau at 574-3721. A $1,000 reward will be given to anyone providing information that leads to the arrest of those responsible.