Cold weather makes battling apartment fire difficult for Kentucky firefighters

Published: Nov. 13, 2019 at 3:58 PM EST
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An early morning fire heavily damaged a south-central Kentucky apartment complex on Wednesday.

It happened on Broadway Street in Campbellsville, and the cold weather made it a challenging situation for firefighters.

"The hoses freeze, the firefighter turnout gear freezes," said Campbellsville Fire Department Chief Chris Taylor. "Everything you do is frozen. It makes a hard job even harder."

Not much damage can be seen from the outside but inside, firefighters say it is a different picture.

"There's quite a bit of damage to the initial two apartments that were on fire," said Chief Taylor. "When we got here, there was smoke and flames coming from the roof."

No one was hurt. The cause of the fire is under investigation but crews do not suspect anything suspicious.

"I would almost say it's probably going to be a total loss. Other side has four or five other units in it. We haven't made that determination yet on that side," said Chief Taylor.

Campbellsville firefighters received help from the Taylor County Fire Department. The fire displaced at least three families.

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