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St. Matthews home destroyed by fire

By Matt McCutcheon – bio | email
Posted by Mike Dever - email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - About 20 firefighters spent over six hours on the scene of a house fire in St. Matthews overnight. The fire broke out at a home in the Regency Woods subdivision in the 1700 block of Limehouse Court sometime after 11 p.m. When firefighters arrived on the scene around 11:30, the home was fully engulfed, and one neighbor said the flames were so intense that bricks were exploding.

A family was inside when the fire started, but everyone made it out safely, including the family's pet. After escaping the home, family members moved a vehicle away from the home to keep it from being damaged - but not before the fire melted the vehicle's rear lights.

Because the flames were so intense, firefighters had to fight the fire defensively and weren't immediately able to enter the home.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

"We still haven't investigated to figure out what started it," said McMahan Fire Chief Joe Johnson. "However, the fire did have a pretty good headway upon our arrival. When we arrived on scene, we had fire showing up through the second floor."

One neighbor told us he heard a loud boom and rushed to see what was happening.

"I've never seen anything like it," said Tom Edelin. "I'm still shaking. It's remarkable. The bricks exploded. That's a lot of pressure and a lot of power."

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