LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Crews rushed two people to the hospital while responding to an apartment fire near Iroquois Park on Wednesday afternoon.
Investigators said they believe the fire was set on purpose.
MetroSafe confirmed the fire was reported just before 4:30 p.m. in the 6600 block of Strawberry Lane, near Southside Drive.
When crews arrived, they found heavy smoke and fire coming out of an apartment inside a complex.
Chris McGuire lives in the building. He was asleep when the fire started.
“I knocked on my neighbors door and said the building is on fire,” McGuire said.
He and his other neighbors helped everyone get out of the building.
“I grabbed my jacket and just thought about them, you know,” Chad Boole, a resident, said. “Fast as I could get them out of there, get them out of there.”
The apartment houses four units. Three of them were occupied at the time of the fire.
People who live there said there are more than a dozen people who live in the building.
Everyone escaped the fire, but two people were taken to University Hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. One of those victims may have second degree burns, firefighters said.
Fire officials told WAVE 3 News there is substantial damage to the entryway of the building and one apartment. Firefighters said they believe the fire was intentionally set in the entryway.
No arrests have been made.
Metro Arson investigators responded to the fire scene and went to the hospital to speak with the victims who were transported.
The American Red Cross is helping the affected residents.