1 dead, 6 taken to hospital in Jacobs neighborhood apartment fire

Louisville fire crews got there within five minutes and noticed the fire on the first and second floors.
Published: Dec. 8, 2022 at 7:40 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 8, 2022 at 11:35 AM EST
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - One person has died and six people were taken to a hospital due to a morning apartment fire in the Jacobs neighborhood.

The Louisville Fire Department confirmed that crews were dispatched on Thursday at 5:49 a.m. to a fire at Watterson Lakeview Apartments on West Wheatmore Drive. The call to 911 came from residents. Crews got there within five minutes and noticed the fire on the first and second floors.

“I saw all these fire trucks at once and went outside and said oh my,” resident Roger Watkins said as he began pounding on doors to alert neighbors. “I said there’s a fire going, there’s a fire going, look, look. Then a whole lot of people started coming out. All the neighbors started coming out.”

More than 60 firefighters were on scene and rescued multiple people. The Louisville Fire Department confirmed that the person who died was on the second floor and the people taken to a hospital were three adults and three minors. There were some cars also on fire.

“All of this was in a blaze,” resident Sherron Cox said gesturing toward the burned building and the adjacent parking lot. “The fire was so hot that two cars exploded sitting in the parking lot. And they had to put that out.”

While the fire was contained within about an hour of when it started, firefighters will stay there throughout the day. Arson investigators are working to determine what caused the fire to start.