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Home catches fire in California neighborhood

Published: Jan. 14, 2015 at 10:55 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 21, 2015 at 10:55 PM EST
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Lt. Col. Jeff Botner (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Lt. Col. Jeff Botner (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Twenty-five firefighters worked to put out flames for hours after a home caught fire in Louisville's California neighborhood.

The fire was reported by a police officer who happened to drive by the home at the intersection of 17th and West Kentucky Streets around 2 a.m. Wednesday.

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Within two minutes, fire crews arrived to find the home engulfed in flames.

Louisville Fire Department Lt. Col. Jeff Botner said the weather made fighting the fire more difficult, "The cold weather is terrible when you're playing with water. As you can see we're salting the areas to keep firefighters from slipping. It freezes as soon as it hits the ground. It impedes our work too, and makes it difficult for everybody."

Fire crews did not call control of the fire until almost noon.

The home was vacant and no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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