Firefighter injured in Owensboro apartment fire

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OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEHT) – One firefighter was treated by medical personnel at the scene of a fire early Monday morning.

The Owensboro Fire Department responded to a fire at the Keystone Apartment complex on Burlew Boulevard at 3:25 a.m. Owensboro Police also responded, reporting multiple apartments at the complex were on fire.

“I got a phone call from a buddy of mine that said his apartment was in flames underneath,” recalled Tyler Wolfe, who lived in the building that caught fire, explaining how he first learned of the fire.

“I was still kind of asleep, so I was like, ‘All right, you can just come over to my place’. I opened the door and let him in, and he was, like, ‘No, you need to get dressed and we need to get out of here,'” Wolfe said. “Went to the door and three or four police officers come storming up, screaming ‘Get out of here! Get out of here!'”

He says his apartment had smoke damage. Firefighters say at least three other apartments on the building’s west side had fire damage.

Courtesy: Owensboro Fire Department

“When we got here, there was quite a bit of fire on the west end of the building upstairs and downstairs apartments were involved at that point. Police were already working to evacuate, trying to account for the residents of the other apartments,” said Chief James Howard of the Owensboro Fire Dept.

Chief Howard says everyone who lived in the building got out, but one firefighter injured their shoulder and was treated at the hospital. He adds half of the building may have been saved from significant damage because of a fire wall.

“Half of the building, it looks like, maybe, saved by a firewall, should not have significant smoke or fire damage from what we can tell. So, we’re mainly focused on the apartments on the west end of the building. I’d say at least four of those families are going to have significant fire, smoke, or water damage to their apartment,” Chief Howard said.

Keystone Apartments managers say they’re starting to help affected tenants out with the red cross. Fire investigators say they’ve narrowed down where the fire started, and still need to do interviews.

While the exact cause is still under investigation, Chief Howard says they do not suspect anything suspicious at this time.

The American Red Cross is helping displaced families.

In total, 30 fire personnel responded to the scene.

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(This story was originally published on January 18, 2021)

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