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Three families displaced after fire destroys apartment building on Christmas

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Three families are displaced by a fire on Christmas morning at an apartment complex on Northwestern Parkway. Three families are displaced by a fire on Christmas morning at an apartment complex on Northwestern Parkway.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Instead of waking up to presents under the tree, families inside a Portland apartment complex woke up to smoke and flames.

It was a Christmas miracle on Northwestern Parkway, however, because everyone got out of the building safely. It went up in flames shortly before 4 a.m. Sunday and the fire left those who lived there with nothing.

"I got up and ran out and the whole front of the house was nothing but flames,” Mary Logsdon, a complex resident said.

"It was traumatizing, because I didn't see any of my neighbors,” Neighbor Adrian Goodlett said. “I'm seeing the fire, and not seeing my neighbors, so naturally I'm thinking they're still in there.”

Mellanie Murphy has lived in the complex for 12 years. This Christmas was different for her and her three young sons. It's the first one she was celebrating without her eldest son and their big brother Jaden, who died unexpectedly of a catastrophic brain bleed in October. He was only 17 years old. 

"You know it's three Christmas stockings instead of four this year, but we decided to put up four anyways,” Murphy said. 

With the help of the community, she was able to put together a great Christmas for her kids this year with presents lined under the tree. She went to bed, unaware of the nightmare she would wake up to. 

"What I wake up to is my brother and my 13-year-old saying ‘get out of the house’ … What I saw was an inferno just coming directly toward me,” Murphy said. 

There was no time to grab the presents, or any of their personal belongings.

"Where I'm at now is there's literally the clothes on my back,” she said. 

Despite the devastation, Murphy says she's not taking anything for granted. 

"We're homeless but we're alive,” she said. "I'll be at work on Tuesday, with somebody else’s clothes on, but I'm here. I'm okay. We'll survive." 

Her neighbors are devastated that tragedy has struck this single mother and her children yet again this year. 

"It's hard to figure out how much more this woman can take, but she's so strong and she's such a beautiful person that she's really been an inspiration to me this holiday season,” Goodlett said. 

Two other families were also displaced by the fire, the Red Cross is assisting. Fire officials are still investigating a cause.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the Murphy family.

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