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Fire breaks out at apartment complex in Bashford Manor

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Firefighters responded to a fire at an apartment complex Thursday, and multiple people needed to be assisted out of the building.

The fire took place just after 3:30 p.m. at condo complex in the 500 block of Donard Park Avenue near Bashford Manor Lane. Officials say no residents or firefighters were injured. However, the fire started in a third story unit and did a lot of damage. 

"It spread a little bit to the unit beside it and below, but it did get up in the attic space which really hindered firefighting," said West Buechel Fire Chief Adam Jones. "Once it got into there, it vented out the roof. We did get it under control with the second alarm."

Firefighters then began cleaning up and tossing out destroyed televisions and furniture as residents watched and consoled each other.

Carrie Nelson, a woman who lives on the first floor, says her home was damaged, even though the fire started on the third floor.

"I know there's going to have to be some repairs done at some point, but I'm more worried about my cat at the moment," Nelson said. "They found my (roommate's), but they haven't found mine yet."

And every minute that passed as other pets were rescued felt like an eternity.

"Yeah that's my fur baby, that's my daughter," Nelson said. "So I hope they find her soon."

Then not ten minutes later, the weight of the world was lifted off her shoulders as a firefighter came walking out with her 11-year-old cat named Tipsy.

"She's, like I said, my daughter," Nelson said. "Like I know some people's pets don't mean much, but she means everything to me."

The look on her face when she was reunited with Tipsy proves pets can be more than just animals, and to many, they are family. 

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. 

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