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Teenagers spotted before garage caught fire

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Shane Chaney Shane Chaney
The remains of the garage after the fire. The remains of the garage after the fire.
A view of firefighters on the scene from Air 3. A view of firefighters on the scene from Air 3.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A witness said she saw six teenagers on bikes riding away right before a Valley Station garage caught fire.

The flames shoot into the air before firefighters arrived and got the fire under control.

The fire was all too close for a family who had a serious case of deja vu.

"The fire was going above the apartments.  I mean it was huge," explained Shane Chaney. Chaney said when he saw the flames next to his home he instantly thought not again, "We grabbed everything we could. Last time we couldn't grab anything except for the kids and the dogs."

Chaney said, "Me and the wife are both off work and the house burned down and now this happened and we're all right but it was kind of scary going through this again."

Thursday's fire threatened the apartment his family took refuge in after losing it all, but this time the flames didn't beat him – the firefighters won.

"If they wouldn't have came as quick as they did, I mean it was just, it was within feet of the apartment. It would have caught that on fire and it would have been real ugly. We would have been in the same situation as the house," said Chaney.

Pleasure Ridge Fire Chief Vincent Smith said there is some heat damage to the apartments, but they are still livable.

He said the garage that burned has been vacant for several years.

Metro Arson said they have also heard the reports about teenagers being near the garage when the fire started, but they'll go back on Friday to determine an official cause.

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