LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- Firefighters were busy early Tuesday battling two fires just a block away from each other in the Taylor Berry neighborhood.

Smoke and flames engulfed two, empty apartment buildings on Oleanda Avenue and on Utah Street around 12:45 Tuesday morning. Police say 43-year-old William McKee admitted he set the buildings on fire. 

Firefighters said the fire on Oleanda was worse because they couldn't fight it from the inside.

"We're doing a lot of chasing around the fire," said Louisville Fire & Rescue Assistant Chief Doug Recktenwald. "A lot of the floors in the Oleanda structure were burnt out so most of that is being done from the outside."

Fire crews say the apartments were likely built in the 1950s. We're told the utilities were off before the fire started. 

McKee was arrested in July for setting a truck on fire. He is being held at Louisville Metro Corrections on a $25,000 cash bond.

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