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House fires and water main breaks keep crews busy

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Emergency crews across metro Louisville have been busy early Tuesday morning responding to water main breaks and house fires.

From 6 p.m. Monday to 4 a.m. Tuesday, Jody Duncan from Metrosafe confirmed four house fires and occurred. This number may rise as more information comes in to the newsroom.

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Space heaters may be responsible for starting a couple fires. Firefighters said a home on Second Street was damaged when a fire started in the attic around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday.

No one was hurt. Investigators believe the fire started with a space heater.

The Louisville Fire Department said a space heater may have also started a house fire on Powell Avenue Monday night. The homeowner had left the home and returned to find the house on fire.

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Kelley Smith with the Louisville Water Company reported crews are working seven water main breaks across the metro as of 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Those are leading to "icy conditions as the water is freezing on the roads," Smith said. "We are also receiving lots of customer calls... in regards to customers with no water. These are internal plumbing issues for customers with frozen service lines."

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Smith maintains all the work on water mains is "very manageable" for the crews that are out at this time.

A water main break at Fort Knox was also reported Tuesday morning.

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