Eight apartments destroyed in Middletown fire
The location the fire started and the way residents were alerted to the flames.
Thursday, July 10th 2014, 5:40 am EDT
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Thursday morning fire destroyed eight apartments in eastern Jefferson County.
Metro Arson is trying to determine the cause of the fire, which is normal procedure. But the Middletown Fire Department says it doesn't believe any foul play is involved.
The fire started about 3 a.m. in the attic area of the Garden Gate Apartments. Residents say they woke up to screaming and flames. Part of the building collapsed, but everyone was able to get out safely.
Residents say a couple grabbed their dog and jumped from their second story balcony. Middletown Fire Assistant Chief Andy Longstreet says officials haven't been able to confirm whether one person had minor injuries from the jump. No one else was injured.
"Seeing the fire on the outside of the front door and just knowing that we have to go out the sliding door...as soon as we turned around to do that, the flames went through the front door," said Jason Lindner, a resident. "So it's pretty scary, but we're alright and made it out."
The Middletown fire department says it took an hour to get the fire under control. Other departments from Anchorage, McMann and Jeffersontown were called in to help.
The American Red Cross is helping residents displaced by the fire, but some of the residents were able to go back in to collect some of their belongings.
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