Two dead in Southside neighborhood apartment fire

Two dead in Southside neighborhood apartment fire
One adult and one child have died in an early morning apartment fire on Sunday. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - One adult and one child have died in an early morning apartment fire on Sunday.

According to Major Bobby Cooper, Louisville Fire and Rescue were called to a structure fire in the 200 block of Douglas Park around 12:30 a.m. When fire crews arrived, they found heavy smoke coming from the three-story, multi-family apartment complex.

Firefighters extinguished the flames within 10 minutes. Several occupants were able to escape without injuries.

Crews discovered that one adult and one child had died in a first-floor apartment.

Multiple neighbors said the family living in the apartment where the fire started included two children.

One neighbor said he only saw two of the family members make it out.

“I saw the husband with his one kid,” neighbor Mesfin Lemma said. “He was crying outside.”

The buildings in this apartment complex are close together and so are the people who live there. When they saw what happened, they said they were concerned for their neighbors’ safety.

"I was worried,” Lemma said. “Everybody was worried.”

The building sustained significant smoke and fire damage, and one firefighter was transported to a local hospital for a minor injury.

Arson investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire.

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