Crews battle warehouse fire in Louisville’s Russell neighborhood

Officials said calls came in around just after 7:30 p.m. to the 3000 block of River Park Drive.
Published: Jul. 5, 2022 at 9:03 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - Louisville Fire Department worked to extinguish a large warehouse fire in the Russell neighborhood on Tuesday evening.

Officials said calls came in around just after 7:30 p.m. to the 3000 block of River Park Drive.

According to LFD Major Bobby Cooper, neighbors had called in to dispatchers they had seen smoke coming from the building, which was a 2-story vacant warehouse.

Cooper said the warehouse was not filled with hazardous materials, but the location stored a large amount of content.

Crews from nearby fire stations arrived in less than a minute to extinguish the flames. Cooper said firefighters first began to fight the fire from inside the building before being called out around 10 minutes later.

The fire was declared a 2-alarm fire and more firefighters were called to the scene, Cooper said. Around 20 minutes later, the fire was upgraded to a 3-alarm fire. Nearly 100 firefighters and 30 firefighting apparatus responded to the scene.

Cooper said one firefighter was shocked from a downed power line in the area. He was taken to the hospital alert and conscious, where he is expected to recover.

Two other firefighters were injured on scene and also taken to the hospital for observation, Cooper confirmed. No other injuries were reported.

The warehouse fire was under control about an hour in. Cooper said the building is considered a total loss.

Louisville Fire said two neighboring residential structure to the east of the building also caught fire and was damaged.

American Red Cross is assisting residents who were displaced.

Louisville Fire said arson investigators are on scene working to determine the cause of the fire. Anyone with any information to report is asked to call LMPD’s anonymous tip line at (502) 574-LMPD (5673).

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