Families displaced by Powell County fire

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STANTON, Ky. (WKYT) - "They were woken in their sleep, and thankfully they were able to get out quickly," said Bluegrass American Red Cross Disaster Program Manager Steve Powell, as he described the chaotic scene.

A fire broke out around 10:30 Thursday night at an apartment building off Halls Branch Road, near Bowen Elementary School.

Powell arrived in Powell County to find a four unit apartment structure fully engulfed in flames.

The fire sent one person to the hospital for smoke inhalation, and all other residents escaped without injury.

The Red Cross is now helping 11 people total, including some children and minors, get their immediate needs met.

"They were up and alert, and out. They were in good spirits," said Powell as he described the displaced families.

Volunteer firefighters returned Friday morning to put out hot spots that simmered through the night.

Officials say considering the location of the fire, and how bad it got, residents are lucky to be alive.

"It's a difficult situation. I was surprised at how quickly the first responders were able to respond. Being there's no service, cell service typically, and it was off in a rural area, off a rural road," said Powell.

Firefighters say the structure is a complete loss.

" It was a very intense fire, I think due to the stairwell in the middle of the building, according to the fire department, it created an intense heat," said Powell.

Fire officials also say the area has seen some dry conditions, but the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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