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Neighbors evacuated by large Highlands house fire

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Firefighters and neighbors had a tense weekend in the Highlands as crews remained on the scene for several hours in the 1700 block of Cowling Avenue off of Bardstown Road.

"The flames just kept re-emerging after they seemed like they were extinguished," said neighbor Erin Clark.

Clark lives next door and came home in a frenzy after turning down Cowling Avenue.

"I saw the fire trucks at the end of the street and the smoke and panicked because my house is so close," she said.

Firefighters had to call for back-up after getting the call around 8:30 Saturday night and stayed on scene 'round the clock.

"Because of the intensity of the fire and because it was basically from the first floor up into the attic, there were a lot of hotspots so crews were on scene during the night digging through trying to make sure they got any of the embers," said Major Richard Haines with Louisville Fire and Rescue.

The flames were so big that firefighters had a challenge actually getting dispatched to the correct road.

"It was a pretty big fire. It was hard getting the correct address because people were calling in Spring, which is the street back over behind it and that's where they saw smoke. Residents in the area didn't know exactly where it was," Major Haines said.

Three people who were not home at the time of the fire were displaced.

"They only recently moved in and I think it was a rental so I didn't get a chance to know them yet," Clark said.

Despite the dramatic images, no one was hurt.

"It was intense for neighbors to be so close to the fire. It was a little scary," Clark said.

Neighboring homes had to be evacuated because of all the thick, heavy smoke and flames in this area.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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