Firefighter injured while fighting flames in vacant home
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Greg Frazier said the Louisville Fire Department saved his life Monday night.
"If not for a few more feet, my house would have caught on fire too," Frazier said.
Frazier was inside his home in the 2700 block of Bank Street around 7:30 p.m. Monday evening and had no idea the vacant house next door was on fire.
"The city needs to do something about these vacant houses," Frazier said. "I mean people are going in them and doing drugs, setting fires to stay warm, and I mean it's just a big hazard."
The hazard caused part of the home to collapse and sent a firefighter to the hospital.
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"We did have one injured firefighter on the exterior that suffered an injury," Lieutenant Colonel Jim Frederick said. "A cut to the scalp."
The firefighter was taken to an area hospital for treatment. No other injuries were reported.
Frazier said the home has been abandoned for at least a year. It's the second vacant home in the city to catch fire in the last 24 hours.
"It's under investigation," Frederick said. "The one we had earlier is also under investigation. All that we could ask is that residents keep an eye out, see if they see anything, people hanging around."
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Issues regarding the city's vacant homes are beginning to boil over. Folks like Frazier hope a change is made.
"I really wish the city would do something about these houses," Frazier said.
The official cause of the fire will be determined by the fire marshal's office.?
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