11 Families Displaced After Fire Rips Through Apartment Complex

Reported by: Paris Lewbel
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Updated: 11/26/2013 6:54 am
After heavy fire ripped through an apartment complex in Lexington early Tuesday morning, 11 families are out of their homes.

Residents say they were getting for bed when they started hearing cracks, pops, and then fire alarms.

Fire officials tell ABC 36 News, 911 calls began pouring in just after 12:40 a.m. as neighbors reported seeing heavy flames in the 4300 block of Clearwater Way.

Residents say they were getting for bed when they started hearing cracks, pops, and then fire alarms. As crews responded, families began trying to escape the blaze. One couple even jumping from the second story to get out of harm's way.

The first fire crews on the scene reported that flames were visible throughout one end of the building and they quickly upgraded the response, sending about 15 trucks to the scene. Fire crews say the fire traveled quickly through the walls, in total damaging the building's 11 units.

Fire investigators report that they blame a car parked just outside of a garage door for the cause of the fire. They say the fire started in the engine compartment of the vehicle.

Officials say that working smoke detectors in the building's units are one of the reasons there were no injuries in the fire.

The Lexington Fire Department says fires can be more common in colder weather and they remind families to make sure their smoke detectors are working.
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