Colonial Oaks apartment fire victim has died

By Marisela Burgos - bio | email
Posted by Charles Gazaway - email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The man severely burned in the April 14 fire at the Colonial Oaks Apartments has passed away. 44-year-old Prince Kolubah died April 15 at University Hospital.

Around 2:45 a.m., firefighters arrived at the apartment complex on Southside Drive in south Louisville and battled flames for about an hour and 20 minutes. A total of eight people were taken to hospitals. Kolubah, who lived in the apartment above the one where the fire started, was severely burned officials say the other seven had non-life threatening injuries.

"We regret the incident as a family and even right now we still confused because since this thing happened no body have ever told us or tell us the cause we don't know the cause," said James Quiqui, a  family member.

Kolubah's family says he was a single father of two. He was in the process of getting his second masters degree from Sullivan University.

Major Henry Ott with Louisville Metro Arson tell us they don't yet have cause for the fire and it could be a few more days before they know what sparked it.

Twelve apartments suffered some type of damage in the fire. The other families who were displaced are getting help from the American Red Cross. At least 11 families are being helped with food and clothing.

Deputy coroner Rita Taylor said Kolubah died at 3:15 p.m. from burns over 90 percent of his body.

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