Air Conditioner possibly caused house fire

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Firefighters believe an air conditioner could be to blame for a fire that damaged a house on Howard Street.

An arson investigator has been called to determine the cause of that fire that happened in the 2700 block of Howard Street. Initially, fire fighters suspect the blaze started at a window air conditioning unit.

Major Thomas Snyder says that unit is in a front room of the house. Louisville fire and rescue got the call around 4:00 p.m. Firefighters say they were told a neighbor thought people were inside. Snyder says they checked twice, but no one was home. He believes about 3 people live there and had left around 1 o'clock.

At this time it is unclear whether that unit was on or if it malfunctioned.

"We came in the front door," said Major Thomas Snyder. "They opened the front door with an ax. They went in with a hard line and immediately started a I said we got a report of a rescue for a possibly people inside."

Snyder estimates thousands of dollars worth of damages. He says they've had a number of calls due to electrical issues, because of the heat. He says people need to make sure to check their appliances.

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