Firefighters rescue six from burning apartments in J'town

By Matt McCutcheon – bio | email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Eight families were displaced after a fire overnight in Jeffersontown. The blaze broke out just before 4 a.m. Monday at the Fenwick Place Apartments on Fenwick Place near Hurstbourne Parkway. Six people had to be rescued from the flames.

Firefighters arrived on the scene shortly after 3:30 a.m. to find the second story of 8600 Fenwick Creek Place engulfed in flames with smoke pouring out of the roof.

It all made for a chaotic scene Monday morning.

"I was in a deep sleep - like a coma - then all of a sudden this guy just came up and shined a flashlight in my face and I saw the hat and knew all of a sudden he was a fireman," said five-year resident Damien Humin.

He's one of the tenants that had to be rescued from some of the second-floor units.

"We arrived to find heavy fire on the front of the building," said Jeffersontown Fire Department spokesperson Major James Sebastian. They went to the rear of the building and started doing rescues. We successfully rescued six people from the upstairs apartments."

Thirty-five firefighters from four departments worked to put out the fire, and stayed on the scene hours after the fire to watch for any hotspots and help with clean-up.

The Red Cross and property managers from the apartment complex have made arrangements for the eight displaced families to stay at other apartments at Fenwick Place.

This is the biggest fire to sweep through the complex in its 12 years, officials say. The cause of the fire was still under investigation, but fire officials believe it may have started on the first floor and spread quickly to the second floor.

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