Three people injured in early morning Knox County fire

7:45am Update:

Three people were injured in a fire that destroyed a southeastern Kentucky apartment building early Thursday.

The fire broke out just before 2 a.m. in a nearly 100-year-old building that contained nine apartments at Highways 225 and 930 in Artemus in Knox County.

A one-month-old baby suffered smoke inhalation and went to the hospital. An apartment resident, Keith Bays, suffered burns to his hands and face and was airlifted to UK Hospital.

A firefighter also went to the hospital, suffering from an asthma attack. That firefighter was released from the hospital by 7 a.m.

It is believed the fire started in a first-floor unit.

A shelter for displaced residents has been set up at a nearby church.

Original Story:

We have breaking news this morning out of Knox County.

Crews are on the scene of a fire an at apartment building in the Artemus community.

Dispatchers tell us at one least two people were taken to the hospital, with one of them being flown out to UK Hospital.

We are told the building is two stories and the fire broke out in a unit on the lower floor.

Firefighters are still on the scene.

We have a crew on the way and will bring you more details as we get them.


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