Apartment complex fire considered suspicious in Henderson

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HENDERSON, Ky (WEHT) – An update to a story we first brought to you over the weekend.

The fire that broke out at a 20-unit apartment complex in Henderson is now considered suspicious.

Fire officials say it may take some time to determine what caused the fire that took place early Saturday morning along Atkinson Street.

Henderson Fire Department Assistant Chief Chad Moore says the damages the fire left behind makes it harder for the investigation process.

“With the roof being partially collapsed, it’s going to take a while for investigators to get in there and dig everything out.”

Although officials don’t have many details about what caused the fire, they say they are not ruling anything out.

“When you have a multi-family dwelling you have to look at it as suspicious. There’s a lot of different things that can cause a fire but at this point, it’s going to have to be investigated.”

Meanwhile, as the complex remains boarded up multiple residents are left without a home.

“Anytime that we have a fire that displaces people and they don’t have a place to live or they lose partial of their possessions or anything, we reach out to the Red Cross.”

“We are assisting a family from the fire this weekend.”

Red Cross Executive Director Evelyn Miller says that includes helping families find shelter, providing money for clothes and food, and even helping out with medical needs.

“We can help with a lot of things and things that we can’t help with. We find local agencies that we’ve partnered with over the years that can help them get things that they may need to help their progress and recovery.”

Miller says covering 24 counties and often getting calls of families in need outside of operational hours may not be ideal for some, but to her, it’s more than rewarding.

“The payoff for that is just unimaginable. I mean we get paid in hugs, our volunteers are wonderful, and we enjoy the hugs, but the being able to help is what we really enjoy.”

Investigators are working with the state fire marshal, but they say it could take a few months before they determine what started the fire.

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(This story was originally published on October 28, 2019)

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