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Damaging fire in south Louisville

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Crews battled the blaze for two hours. (Source: WAVE 3 News Viewer Chris Roby) Crews battled the blaze for two hours. (Source: WAVE 3 News Viewer Chris Roby)
Chief Don Wittry of the Fairdale Fire Department Chief Don Wittry of the Fairdale Fire Department
Fireworks lit up the sky in the neighborhood while fire fighters worked to put the fire out. Fireworks lit up the sky in the neighborhood while fire fighters worked to put the fire out.
Crews fought the fire until about 11:30 p.m. Friday. Crews fought the fire until about 11:30 p.m. Friday.
Neighbor Daren Reichle witnessed the fire. Neighbor Daren Reichle witnessed the fire.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Arson investigators are working to determine the cause of a large fire in south Louisville.

Fire crews responded to the blaze around 9:30 p.m. Friday night. It was near Lassiter Middle School on Candleworth Drive. A large pile of building materials, meant for the roof of the middle school, burned for two hours before fire fighters were able to extinguish the flames. Fairdale, Pleasure Ridge Park and Okolona crews all worked to stop the fire.

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Witnesses said they heard firecrackers before the flames started. "The arson folks are investigating fireworks displays, fireworks being set off around the building materials," said Chief Don Wittry of the Fairdale Fire Department. "Witnesses had a lot of different accounts."

A man who lives in the neighborhood said he would not be surprised if fireworks started the fire. "They were already shooting them off even when the fire was going on the neighbors around here were shooting fireworks off," said Daren Reichle.

Chief Wittry is asking for the public to come forward with any information on the fire. The loss of the building materials will cost the school several thousand dollars.

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