Three people escape house fire in Shively
The homeowner believes someone started the fire by setting a couch on the front porch on fire.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Three people narrowly escaped a burning home in Shively early Monday.
The fire started around 3 o'clock this morning at a home on Nobel Place, just off of Dixie Highway.
Jamiya Young, along with her cousin, a friend, and her dog were inside when the fire started. She says her cousin alerted everyone to the fire.
"My cousin was downstairs asleep in the couch bed, she seen flames, she woke up and she ran upstairs to get us," Young said. "We looked out the front porch, the whole front porch was on fire from the couch."
Young says she grabbed the dog and everyone ran for the backdoor.
The Shively Fire Department arrived at the scene first, followed by Louisville Fire & Rescue.
It took 35 firefighters about 40 minutes to get the fire under control. Besides battling heavy smoke, Capt. Brian Wathen with the Shively Fire Department says there were other challenges.
"Initially there was a little bit of a delay because we had some electric lines down that hampered making entry at first across the yard," Wathen said.
Smoke from the fire also damaged a nearby home. No one was seriously hurt, but one person was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.
The home has two working smoke detectors.
Investigators are still trying to figure out how the fire started, but Young has her own theory.
"Somebody probably came over and flicked something on the couch or set the couch on fire, which caused the whole house to burn down," Young said.
Young and her friends were allowed inside the home to grab a few personal belongings, but says those can can be replaced. She says she's just happy everyone got out unharmed.
Fire officials say crews planned to check on the home throughout the day.
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