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Tenants inspect units after Highlands apartment fire

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Debris outside the building in the 1000 block of Cherokee Road after Monday night's fire. Debris outside the building in the 1000 block of Cherokee Road after Monday night's fire.
David Scales David Scales
Lt. Col. Jeff Botner Lt. Col. Jeff Botner
Louisville firefighters on the scene on the night of May 20. Louisville firefighters on the scene on the night of May 20.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – One day after fire ripped through a Highlands apartment, several tenants returned to salvage what was left of their homes.

Tenants returned to a variety of destruction at the fire damaged apartment along the 1000 block of Cherokee Road. Some tenants' units endured only smoke and water damage, while other tenants lost everything from furniture to clothing in the blaze - items now seen resting in a charred pile of debris upon the lawn.

Fire crews tell WAVE 3 News the fire broke out around 10:30 p.m. Monday and could be seen coming from the third floor and attic of the complex.

Everyone living inside the unit made it out to safety. Firefighters credit their safety to working smoke detectors and due diligence by neighbors.

"You have to thank the neighbors," said Lt. Col. Jeff Botner of Louisville Fire and Rescue. "Everybody was knocking on doors and yelling and helping assist to get everybody out."

Neighbors living in complexes nearby were also impacted by the fire.

"I couldn't get in my place," said David Scales. "I was out here for a couple of hours."

Scales was just one of many neighboring tenants kept back by emergency crews as firefighters worked to contain the blaze.

Foul play is not suspected. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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