Several Nicholasville families are without a place to live tonight. Their homes were damaged after an apartment complex fire on North Central Avenue this afternoon.
American Red Cross Disaster Volunteer Rich Conaway said the fire forced around 50 people from their homes.
“Most people in situations like this don't want to leave the house,” Conaway said about people not wanting to leave their apartment because of the bitter cold.
Crews were battling not only a fire, but also the weather.
Firefighters set up a warming shelter and took shifts putting out the fire.
The Red Cross set up temporary warming shelter at the health department.
“We don't want anybody to go without heat. We don't want anybody to go without food. We want to make sure the immediate needs are taken care of,” Conaway said.
“Just being thankful that we're alive, and that it didn't reach our house,” said resident Todd Tichenor.
Red Cross volunteers said families will be out of their homes for around three days.