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Several units damaged in fire at University Park

Published: Jun. 20, 2016 at 8:27 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 21, 2016 at 3:47 AM EDT
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A firefighter working to put out flames. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
A firefighter working to put out flames. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Families are seeking temporary housing after their homes were swallowed by flames.

A fire was reported in University Park Apartments, located at 2202 James Pirtle Court near the intersection of Preston Street and Eastern Parkway, around 4 p.m., according to MetroSafe.

Louisville Fire & Rescue Captain Salvador Melendez said when crews arrived they found fire in the attic of the apartments and began a search and rescue effort.

"We had to make sure everyone was out of the building, then fighting the fire kind of became a secondary thing," Melendez said.

One family, on the first floor, sat quietly in their apartment not knowing they needed to be rescued.

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"Somebody was knocking on the door when the fire started on the other side of the building," tenant Karin Palla said.

Palla's mother-in-law and 2-year-old daughter were alone in the apartment and were alarmed after fire fighters began knocking on the doors and windows to alert them of the fire.

"She got scared like somebody might be coming in," Palla said.

His mother-in-law smelled the smoke in time and ran out with the toddler.

Once the crew determined everyone was safely outside of the building, they shifted their focus on putting out the flames.

Approximately 50 firefighters were called to the apartment and were able to call control of the fire at 4:43 p.m.

No injuries were reported.

Eight units were damaged. The American Red Cross was called to assist the occupants who were displaced by the fire.

The Louisville Metro Arson Unit is investigating the cause of the fire.

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