Lexington Family Saved From Burning Apartment

Fire investigators now say children playing with fireworks caused a massive apartment fire in Lexington.

It started just after Seven Monday night at an apartment on Osage Court. The fire quickly spread to another building. When firefighters arrived on scene, three floors were in flames. It took fire crews more than an hour to get the fire under control. The building collapsed shortly later.

Two teenage brothers who live in the area went door to door telling people who live in the building about the fire. The brothers helped pull one family from the burning building.

Firefighters say the fire was started by children playing with fireworks in an abandoned apartment. All of the children are under the age of 12. Investigators say the case will be presented to the juvenile prosecutor for possible charges.

The American Red Cross is helping the families displaced by the fire.

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  • by Stephanie Location: Keyland on Jul 13, 2007 at 11:38 AM
    My father & sister lived in on of the townhomes that burned. All the material items were lost, but at least I didn't lose them. The children who I believe did this were at my sister's & father's home frequently. They'd come over daily to play video games & play w/ her childrens' toys. She fed them often & even took them shopping with her on occasion. My father even brought one boy all the way to my home in Nicholasville, just because the boy wanted to go for a ride. It's hard to put words to home we feel. We do want the children who did this to know, we forgive you. You are in our prayers.
  • by In Location: Lexington on Jul 10, 2007 at 02:49 PM
    The 2 boys deserved to be recognized!!!!!
  • by Lass Location: Lexington on Jul 10, 2007 at 11:50 AM
    The brothers are heroes and should be commended as such. The youguns that started the fire should be disciplined but I wonder if the severity listed is too severe. Where were the parents?
  • by annonymouse Location: lexington on Jul 10, 2007 at 11:31 AM
    I'm sorry but I'd like to know where the parents of the kids under age 12 were at the time this happened. They should have been watched more carefully. I can't imagine fireworks being set off in an abandoned apartment anyway. The two brothers need to be recognized for their acts of bravery.The kids under 12 who set off the fireworks need a good talking to and the parents need their butts kicked.I have two children of my own and watch them more closely than that.
  • by Sam Location: Richmond on Jul 10, 2007 at 09:47 AM
    I wonder if those 2 teenage brothers know who started the fire.
  • by Amariah Location: Hedgewood Ct. on Jul 10, 2007 at 09:29 AM
    We are neighbors of the family who lost everything. We would like to help. We don't have much but we do have children who would like to share some books and toys. Possibly clothing. I'm not sure about the sizes.
  • by Tracy Location: Jessamine on Jul 10, 2007 at 06:46 AM
    What heroes those boys were in getting people out!! I hope someone commended them in their rescue efforts. Fireworks are too easy to come by...and very dangerous. We had a neighbor that got a 2nd degree burn from setting theirs off. I am glad that everyone got out safely. But a question...is this really a juvenile case? Esp when children see the example set by the adults around them?
  • by Anonymous Location: Versailles, KY on Jul 10, 2007 at 06:39 AM
    Great job LFD!!! Pat on the back to the 2 young boys helping everyone out of the building as well. Once again thank goodness for everyone safety. Keep up the good work LFD!!!!
  • by casey Location: lexington on Jul 10, 2007 at 06:28 AM
    Sara, fireworks are illegal here for private use but try calling the police to get them to do something about the people who ignore the laws and are setting the fireworks off. My neighborhood sounded like a war zone for a week.
  • by BOB Location: Lexington, KY on Jul 10, 2007 at 03:02 AM
    GREAT JOB! once again by the members of the Lexington Fire Dept.
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