Firefighter Josiah M. Bailey (Source: Captain Sal Melendez)
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A firefighter
was injured while battling a suspicious building fire in the Shawnee
neighborhood of Louisville.
Multiple fire crews responded
to the scene in the 3800 block of River Park Drive at 12:24 p.m. Friday.
Firefighters said the blaze
extended from the second floor to the third floor of the building and through
Sal Melendez said the while crews were inside a second floor room partially
collapsed, forcing crews to evacuate the structure to fight the fire from the
outside. While trying to get out of the building Firefighter Josiah M. Bailey, 27, fell through a second story window onto a portion of
was taken to University of Louisville Hospital with a minor head injury and a
Capt. Melendez said it took 25 firefighters 43 minutes to get the fire under
The building, which was
originally all residential until the first floor was converted into a liquor store,
was vacant and boarded up at the time of the fire. Capt. Melendez said in
addition to building being damaged there was also damage caused by the fire on
an adjacent home.
According to a witness,
several juveniles were seen leaving the property before the building went up in
flames. Captain Melendez said arson investigators found several fires were
burning on the second floor and consider the cause to be suspicious.
A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading
to an arrest in the fire. Anyone with any information to call the Metro Arson
Bureau at (502) 574-3721.
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