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Two Die In Louisville Adjacent Fires

LOUISVILLE, KY -- Two young brothers died in an early morning house fire on Woodland Avenue near 32nd Street in the Park DuValle neighborhood in western Louisville, after their house caught fire and ignited two adjacent homes, reports The Louisville Courier-Journal in its Sunday online edition.

The victims were Kierren Lindsey, 9, and Kaden Lindsey, 4, said Salvador Melendez, public information office for Louisville Fire & Rescue. Kijana Maddox, 13, a sibling, was transported to Kosair Children's Hospital suffering from smoke inhalation, Melendez said. Trevor Maddox, 18, an uncle, was at the house with an 18-year-old male friend, and they helped get the 13-year-old out of the house, Melendez said.

Rescue attempts were made to get the brothers out, but the fire was too heavy, he said. At about 5:30 a.m., the boys' bodies were still in a back bedroom of the house, and an investigation was going on, Melendez said.

He said the cause of the fire is unknown but that the house had power. Trevor Maddox told firefighters that he and his friend smelled something that "didn't smell right," Melendez said. A neighbor, who wouldn't give his name, called The Courier-Journal Metro desk and said he heard an explosion about 3 a.m..

Because of the weather and slippery conditions, firefighters "were facing a very challenging situation," Melendez said. About 35 firefighters were involved.

A water main break also flooded 32nd Street, and Melendez said it could possibly have been related to the use of water in the area by firefighters. The house that caught fire was at 3112 Woodland, and the others were at 3110 and 3114 Woodland. The two adjacent houses were significantly damaged, and the one at 3112 Woodland was essentially a total loss, Melendez said.

Firefighters were still going in and out of the homes and debris was piled in front of the houses. The fire was reported at 3:01 a.m. and Louisville Metro firefighters and EMS arrived at the scene about 3:06. Firefighters got the fire under control about 3:38 a.m. Melendez said the home at 3110 was thought to be without power, reports The Louisville Courier-Journal.

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