Duplex fire forces families out

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A woman woke up to the smell of smoke Monday morning and was able to escape her home just in time.

The fire started before 5 in the morning at a home on South Walnut Street in Wilmore in Jessamine County. The older home was subdivided into two apartments.

The woman who discovered the fire, Joy Bowie, says she smelled smoke and woke up her husband, Bill. It was only after looking out their front window that they realized their home was on fire. Bowie says fortunately, there was nobody living upstairs.

Both Wilmore and Jessamine County Firefighters battled the blaze; flames were trapped in the attic and were difficult for crews to put out.

The lower level of the home has water damage. The Bowies say some of their things were destroyed, but firefighters were able to save some of their pictures and family heirlooms.

Bowie says this weekend, she and her husband were celebrating their fourteenth wedding anniversary. She says now their celebration has been put on hold.

No one was injured.

Investigators are still looking into what caused the fire.

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