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Roof falls in on Old Louisville building

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Residents were evacuated from their homes after the roof on an Old Louisville apartment building caved in Thursday evening.

According to firefighters, the original call came in as a ceiling collapse, but when they arrived they found the roof was falling in on the building located on the intersection of 4th and Park Streets.

Lt. Col. Jeff Botner with the Louisville Fire Department said, "The occupants were pretty well terrified when they heard the noise and made the phone call, and exited the building. It was a pretty tough experience for them."

Donna Broato, who lives in the building, said she "turned around and the whole room was full of smoke. I thought it was coming form the floor, that there was a fire. Then I realized that it was tons of soot from the chimney."

Everyone was able exit the building safely and firefighters called in a building inspector who used one of their bucket trucks to inspect the damage.

Investigators said a pile of shingles left behind by a contractor may have contributed to the collapse.

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