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Fern Creek families displaced on Christmas Eve after apartment complex fire

In Fern Creek, several families were left without homes after a fire broke out at an apartment...
In Fern Creek, several families were left without homes after a fire broke out at an apartment complex on Hames Trace on Christmas Eve.(WAVE 3 News)
Published: Dec. 24, 2021 at 7:38 PM EST
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - Around a dozen families in Fern Creek are without a home after a fire at an apartment complex on Christmas Eve.

A Metrosafe spokesperson and Fern Creek Fire Department firefighter said the fire broke out around 5:30 p.m. in an apartment on Hames Trace. It was contained by fire crews, though as many as 12 units in the building could have subsequent smoke or water damage.

“I was sitting in my apartment, the WiFi went out, I was wondering what was going on, I walk out and I hear the fire alarm,” resident Lucas Van Dermeiren said.

Dermeiren said he grabbed his dog and guitar and just watched the fire in disbelief.

“Feels like I got a big adrenaline pump especially right after, and it still hasn’t faded,” he said.

No one was inside the building by the time firefighters arrived. At least one person was brought to the hospital, though it is unclear what their symptoms were.

“We don’t have names, we don’t have numbers, we can’t just arbitrarily guess that the people are safe, we have to physically search every room in the structure to make sure the people are safe,” Assistant Fire Chief Dewayne Hutchens said.

Hutchens added that the fire was mostly kept to one apartment, but did spread a little bit into the attic.

“There’s heavy smoke and water damage throughout and about 11 families that have been displaced at this time,” he said.

While officials are still searching for housing for the affected families, “With the holidays and the recent tragic events in Western Kentucky, resources are spread thin,” Hutchens said.

Investigators have not determined what caused the fire.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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