Early morning Evansville fire forces families out of apartments

Update

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – There was an early morning wakeup call for several families and Evansville firefighter crews, when they were called to Plantation Court off South Weinbach around 1 a.m. for an apartment fire.

The middle unit of a triplex was on fire.

Everyone eventually got out okay.

Despite neighbors knocking on doors, people on one side of the apartments didn’t wake up until firefighters started cutting the roof.

The Red Cross is now assisting the families.

According a friend of one of the residents, a tenant fell asleep while cooking.

The official cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Original story

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – An early Friday morning apartment fire in Evansville forced several families out of their homes.

Crews were called to an apartment complex around 1 a.m. on Plantation Court off of South Weinbach.

Evansville Fire crews said the fire was contained to the middle unit of a tri-plex.

Residents inside didn’t hear neighbors knocking on the door, but eventually were able to leave their unit as fire crews were cutting the roof for venting.

EFD said as crews were cutting the roof, the ceiling caved in alerting residents to leave the unit.

The American Red Cross is assisting several families and children Friday morning.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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(This story was originally published on Dec. 13, 2019)

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