A fire at an apartment building in Jeffersonville Monday night sent a resident and a firefighter to University of Louisville Hospital and displaced 16 families. The blaze occurred about 10:30 p.m. at Executive House Apartments, located at 810 Howard Ave., between Eighth and Ninth streets.
Jeffersonville Fire Chief Eric Hedrick said the cause of the fire is still under investigation, but no foul play is expected.
He said the adult man who lived in the building was taken to U of L Hospital burn unit and is in critical, but stable condition.
The firefighter, Capt. Doug Sneed was released from the hospital at about 2 a.m. His injuries resulted from a falling ceiling while he was in a stairwell. Hedrick said Sneed is at home and doing well.
"[Sneed] got knocked out for a second, but was retrieved," Hedrick said. "When he left the scene, he was alert and talking."
Firefighters responded in nearly three minutes to a 10:06 p.m. alarm call to find fire and smoke coming from the two story, brick building, which has 19 units, three of which were unoccupied.
Hedrick said about 24 Jeffersonville firefighters eventually arrived to the scene.
"When the report came in, it was a working structure fire with possible rescue, so we thought people may be trapped inside," Hedrick said.
Three adults were rescued from the building's second story, and each received medical treatment at the scene.
"Prior to our arrival, one of the occupants got out by himself and was transported to U of L Hospital with some burns and some lung problems," Hedrick said. "He is still in the hospital's burn unit."
Hedrick said the building is not a total loss, but a complete renovation is needed, primarily because of damage from smoke and water.
He said the residents were able to retrieve some personal items before leaving their homes to find other places to take residence.
The majority of the families were able to stay go to the homes of friends and families, and the American Red Cross gave assistance to a residents who needed housing.
Hedrick said several assisting agencies helped his firefighters conduct their duties and the victims receive needed care.
"The Jeffersonville Police Department worked really well with [the firefighters]," Hedrick said. "They did a great job securing the scene and helping with the patients and getting them out of here."
He also gave credit to Yellow EMS and Red Cross for their responses and efforts.
Hedrick said the fire comes several days after the fire and police departments had to coordinate in response to the Greater Clark County Schools' school buses wreck Friday.
"There was some discussion on how [the two agencies] can work better together," he said. "I think this incident went even better than what we had on Friday."
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