Fern Creek families displaced on Christmas Eve after apartment complex burnt down

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) – A dozen families in Fern Creek are homeless after an apartment complex fire on Christmas Eve.

A Metrosafe spokesperson and a firefighter from the Fern Creek Fire Department said the fire started around 5:30 p.m. at a Hames Trace apartment. It was contained by fire crews, although up to 12 units in the building could suffer subsequent smoke or water damage.

“I was sitting in my apartment, the WiFi went off, I was wondering what was going on, I go out and I hear the fire alarm,” said Lucas Van Dermeiren, a resident.

Dermeiren said he grabbed his dog and his guitar and just stared at the fire in disbelief.

“I feel like I have a big adrenaline pump especially right after that, and it still hasn’t faded,” he said.

No one was inside the building when the firefighters arrived. At least one person was taken to hospital, although it is not known what their symptoms were.

“We don’t have names, we don’t have numbers, we can’t just arbitrarily guess that people are safe, we have to physically search every part of the structure to make sure people are safe.” said the deputy fire chief. Dewayne Hutchens said.

Hutchens added that the fire was mainly confined to an apartment, but spread a bit in the attic.

“There is heavy smoke and water damage everywhere and around 11 families have been displaced at the moment,” he said.

While authorities are still searching for housing for affected families, “With the vacations and the recent tragic events in western Kentucky, resources are scattered,” Hutchens said.

Investigators have not determined the cause of the fire.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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