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16 units damaged in Fern Creek apartment fire

Published: Jun. 1, 2015 at 5:15 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 16, 2015 at 9:08 PM EDT
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An aerial view of the fire. (Source: Air 3/WAVE 3 News)
An aerial view of the fire. (Source: Air 3/WAVE 3 News)
Sixteen units were damaged in the fire. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Sixteen units were damaged in the fire. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Fire crews spent several hours trying to contain a fire that took over 16 apartments in southern Jefferson County.

The fire was at the Glenmary Village Apartments on Meadow Valley Lane. Gina Hill was getting ready to take her son to school around 7 a.m. Monday when she realized the apartments above her were on fire.

"We heard people screaming 'call the fire department there's a fire' and we just started beating on everyone's doors trying to get them out," Hill said. "It just happened quick. It just flew up and flames were everywhere in a matter of seconds."

Fern Creek Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief DeWayne Hutchens said the early morning winds fueled the fire.

"This morning it was fairly significant wind that kind of blew the fire across the unit, so as it rolled up the outside, it got into the attic and it kind of just pushed the stuff across the attic," said Hutchens. "That's why you see a lot of collapse back here because the attic actually collapsed."

The apartment building suffered significant damage. The roof collapsed, the siding melted off until firefighters pushed the wall out. The interior walls of apartments were burned to the bare beams.

Hill watched the smoke and flames take over her apartment with tears in her eyes. It was the realization of all that was lost in seconds, but thankfully, she still had her family.

"You go and make sure your family is ok and check on everybody else," Hill said. "It's sentimental things, you know, that you don't want to lose, but they can be replaced. Your children can't. Your family cant."

No injuries were reported, but three pets who were rescued were evaluated.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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