LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Fire crews called out to battle a fire at a Fern Creek apartment complex also had to fight a second fire in the building next door.
The original call came out at 3:35 a.m. to 5508 Hames Trace near the intersection of Bardstown Road and Hurstbourne Parkway. Once on the scene, crews quickly called for help from neighboring departments.
A total of 12 units were affected in the original fire building. Six of the units suffered fire damage; the other six had smoke and water damage. MetroSafe said the first fire was brought under control at 4:54 a.m.
The second fire broke out in a neighboring building, 5510 Hames Trace, around 7:30 a.m. The residents of that building had been evacuated during the original fire and had just been allowed to return to their apartments.
The buildings are separated by a firewall. Video from Air 3 showed damage to the roof and upper floor of the 5510 building. No injuries have been reported. Fire Officials say the second fire may have been caused by flames from the first building, wrapping around the fire wall.
Reporting the scene, WAVE 3's Katherine Kington said some of the fire crews had been packing away their gear from fighting the original blaze when they had to break out the equipment again to battle the second fire.
Although the cause of the fires are under investigation by the Metro Arson Squad, it is thought the original fire was an electrical fire that began in the wall of a second floor apartment and spread up through the attic.
The apartment complex in known to have electrical fires in the past. Residents in the affected buildings were upset they were not alarmed by a smoke detector. Fire Officials tell WAVE 3 if the fire did start in the attic, the detectors would not have gone off.
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