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Fire forces residents out of Old Louisville apartment building

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – An apartment building in Old Louisville went up in flames just after 3 a.m. Sunday.

It happened in the 100 block of East Burnett Avenue near duPont Manual High School.

Firefighters said the blaze started in a first floor apartment but the person who lives there was not home when they arrived. A family with five small children lived above the burning apartment but they made it out safely.

Fire crews said police arrived on the scene ahead of them and knocked on people's doors to alert them of the situation so everyone evacuated the building without a problem. Firefighters also credited working smoke detectors with saving the lives.

Emergency crews said one face of the apartment building was completely engulfed when they arrived. It took them about 30 minutes to control the fire.

Firefighters said they were able to contain the flames to the apartment where the fire started but other areas of the building were damaged by smoke.

Several residents were displaced and received help from the Red Cross.

Thosha Campbell, a resident of the building, said it was a scary situation but she was glad everyone made it out safely.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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