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Fire at apartment building forces many families out of homes

Many families will have to find another place to stay Tuesday night, because of a fire that damaged a Lexington apartment building.

The fire broke out around 1 Tuesday afternoon on Jennifer Road, near Eastland Parkway. Firefighters believe the apartment fire started between the third story and the roof of the building.

"I went across the street here to borrow an onion," Amy Burgher, who lives in the building, said, "I came back over, and there was smoke coming over the top of the ceiling. I can't get into my house."

Fire, smoke, and water damaged 12 units at the New Circle Apartments. Firefighters say 18 more units in the building are not livable at this time either, because of problems with the wiring.

"It is scary, it was very scary," Burgher said, "I can't get back to my house, I don't know how long I'll sit out here, I don't know. There's always something wrong with these units over here. I don't know if something's wired wrong, or what's going on. I just don't know."

The Bluegrass Chapter of the American Red Cross is helping all families who need to find a place to stay.

Firefighters aren't yet sure what caused the fire.

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