2 Killed in apartment fire

By Marisela Burgos - bio | email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A married couple in their 60s died after a fire broke out in their apartment Sunday night.

It happened in Portland on the 300 block of North 24th Street. Louisville Fire and Rescue received the call around 6:30 p.m. Chief Greg Frederick said two calls came in and that one of call indicated there was a person on fire. He said when crews arrived the fire was so intense, no one could have survived it.

Dougie Leonard lives across the street, and says he did everything he could to rescue his neighbors, even ripped the door off and ventured inside.

"It was so dark and the whole place was on fire," Leonard recalled.

"He was on fire," Leonard said. "I didn't see his wife at all. I couldn't help him at all. They was five feet out of my reach ," Leonard said.

Firefighters found the couple in the living room. We're told the wife was found in a wheelchair.

Frederick believes the fire started in the living room, then spread to the attic and to the apartments next door, including William Winebrenner's dad's place. He said his dad was not home and has been in the hospital the past few days.

"Having pneumonia probably a blessing right now," Winebrenner said.

Winebrenner says he probably will not break the news to his 74-year-old dad that his place caught on fire and that his friend passed away until he's been released from the hospital.

"I'm sure he's going to be upset," Winebrenner said. "They were kind of buddies."

Louisville Fire and Rescue Sgt. Sal Melendez said no one else was treated for injuries. Firefighters do not suspect foul play at this time.

Both the arson squad and LMPD's homicide unit is investigating. LMPD Spokesman Dwight Mitchell says its unit will investigate, pending autopsy results.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. The names of the husband and wife have not been released.

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