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Fire rips through apartment building in southwest Louisville

Updated: Jun. 20, 2017 at 11:10 PM EDT
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(Source: Greg Schapker/WAVE 3 News)
(Source: Greg Schapker/WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Firefighters are at the scene of a fire in southwest Louisville.

Crews were called to the 4500 block of Broadleaf Drive at about 7:50 p.m. on Tuesday.

When they arrived, they found heavy fire and smoke coming from the second floor of the building.

Lt. Col Jason Meiman with the Lake Dreamland Fire Department said everyone was able to get out of the building safely because of working smoke detectors and neighbors helping each other out.

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The fire displace 12 families, which included 16 adults and three children. Red Cross was called to help those families.

The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Louisville Metro Arson Squad.

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