Residents jump to escape from Lexington apartment fire

Published: Sep. 3, 2021 at 4:55 AM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Three people, including a firefighter, were injured Friday morning following a fire at a Lexington apartment complex.

The fire started just before 1 a.m. at the Pinebrook Apartments on Tates Creek Road at Armstrong Mill Road.

The Lexington Fire Department says the first crews on the scene found a large amount of fire coming from four of the units. Everyone was out of the apartments by the time crews arrived.

Two of those people escaped by jumping from a second-story balcony. One person has potentially-life threatening injuries, the other is expected to be okay.

“There were several people who had self-evacuated. Two of them had to jump out of a second story window. Both of those civilians were transported to the hospital,” said Lexington Fire Department Battalion Chief Jordan Saas.

We’re told a firefighter was also transported to the hospital due to some burns. Those injuries were also considered non-life-threatening.

Firefighters were able to rescue three dogs from an upstairs apartment. All three dogs were given oxygen and appeared to be okay.

The American Red Cross and the apartment complex are working with the individuals displaced by the fire.

Battalion Chief Saas says the toll of these fires is felt by everyone, victims and first responders alike.

“There’s a lot of things we don’t typically talk about as first repsonders because there’s a lot of people who wouldn’t understand what we see or how we feel. But it’s now important that we start to talk about that,” Saas said.“We’re not superhuman and we’ll be the first ones to admit that, but sometimes it’s hard for us to ask for the help. So, we do the best to make the resources available to make it as easy as possible to ask for help.”

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Fire officials say it’s vital to check your smoke detectors and make sure that they’re working correctly. Smoke detectors could give you even just a couple more minutes to get to safety in the case of a fire.

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