LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A passerby is credited with alerting neighbors to a house fire in the Russell neighborhood Monday night. The fire at 219 S. 25th Street was reported to MetroSafe at 10:23 p.m.
According to Lt. Col. Jeff Botner of Louisville Fire and Rescue, the first arriving fire units were on the scene within three minutes and found heavy fire coming from the home near the natural gas line.
Botner said firefighters found the walls two sides of the building had been blown out and that neighbors reported hearing an explosion shortly before the fire was spotted.
The damage to the walls made the building unstable and Botner said firefighters fought the flames without going inside the apparent vacant house.
No one was injured and firefighters prevented the blaze from spreading to neighboring homes.
LG&E crews were called to shut off the gas to the home. Metro Arson investigators were looking into the cause of the fire.
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