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Officials say Jeffersonville apartment fire started outside units

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- At least 60 people are homeless after a devastating apartment fire in Jeffersonville. 

The fire began shortly before 3 p.m. Thursday at Bridgepoint / Ewing Square Apartments on Viking Place, near the corner of Ewing Lane and E. 8th Street. The flames quickly spread, heavily damaging almost all of the 48 units in two buildings. 

"The wind made it an obstacle and another thing that made it so tough is upon our arrival, it was already fully involved," said Jeffersonville Fire Chief Eric Hedrick. "From the bottom floor all the way to the second floors of both buildings, the corner units were fully involved."

It took 45 firefighters 3-and-a-half hours to gain control of the fire. One woman suffered minor injuries when she jumped from a second story window. She was treated at the scene. 

Only four pets survived the fire.

Some residents tell WDRB that only one of the residents of the apartment complex carried renter's insurance. According to tenants, the property managers have promised to refund damage deposits and untapped rent.

"As far as us getting some type of settlement or something to get a new apartment, they're saying its not going to happen because we don't have insurance," said Ryan Crutcher who said he'll never go without renter's insurance again.

The Red Cross and Salvation Army are assisting displaced residents with shelter, clothing and food. On Friday, the shelter location was moved from Bridgepoint Elementary to First Christian Church at 3209 Road in Jeffersonville, Ind.

Jeffersonville Fire Chief Eric Hedrick says the cause of fire is still undetermined, but they know the fire did not start in one of the apartments. Hedrick says the origin location was a covered walkway or stairwell between the two buildings. 

Long time resident Steve Allen said the walkway was a communal area where people would often gather to smoke.

"You could walk out there and there were always people smoking," but Allen said that wasn't the only issue. "The young kids running up and down the halls with their lighters. nobody watching them."

Hedrick said the investigation continues.

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