Fire heavily damages vacant home in west Louisville - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Fire heavily damages vacant home in west Louisville

Posted: Updated:
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - A vacant home in the 1700 block of west Kentucky Street was heavily damaged by fire early Wednesday.

According to Louisville Fire & Rescue spokesman Capt. Sal Melendez, crews arrived on the scene around 11:11 a.m. -- about two minutes after receiving the call -- but the home was already engulfed in flames. A nearby home was damaged by the flames, but firefighters were able to contain the blaze and prevent further damage. A family of four was able to escape unharmed before firefighters arrived.

Melendez says because the home was empty, there was a lot of open space that "gave the fire the opportunity to spread in a much quicker fashion than it otherwise would have."

It took 28 firefighters about a half-hour to control the fire. Melendez says the homeowner was renovating the home when the fire started. He was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.

Melendez says the homeowner was using a grinder powered by a gas generator to cut through metal pipes on the second floor. He says the fire may have been caused when a spark from a power grinder ignited the fuel in a gas generator. The investigation is ongoing.

Copyright 2014 WDRB News. All rights reserved. 
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WDRB. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.