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Okolona home catches fire twice in one day

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The home on Woodsend Drive caught fire for the second time in less than 24 hours early Thursday morning. The home on Woodsend Drive caught fire for the second time in less than 24 hours early Thursday morning.
The man who lives in the home got out safely. The man who lives in the home got out safely.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Neighbors and even complete strangers literally knocked down the door of a burning home in Okolona on Wednesday.

"I went and got my hammer, and the guy next door went running over there, and he took my hammer and busted out the front windows," said neighbor John Bruggensmith.

Their efforts didn't stop there.

A stranger driving down the road spotted the smoke and flames and pulled over to help, as well.

"This guy had the garden hose hooked up at the front of the house, and he had opened up the storm door and I guess kicked in the other door, and he was spraying it with a garden hose and the black smoke was just pouring out," Bruggensmith said.

Neighbors were relieved that no one was home.

All that commotion took place Wednesday afternoon. Then around midnight, another fire broke out at the same home located at 5005 Woodsend Drive.

"That was the shocker for me," Bruggensmith said.

The man who lives inside was able to get out and is staying with family. Neighbors said it's part of a string of back luck the man has encountered while living there even before Wednesday's fire.

"It caught on fire once, and he did a lot of work in that house and put a lot into it and redone it and then to have this happen, plus he's had the house broke into," Bruggensmith said.

The flames were so intense the melted the siding on the home next door.

The cause of the fires remain under investigation.

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