HFD: crews fight ‘largest structure fire’ in more than a decade

HFD: crews fight ‘largest structure fire’ in more than a decade

HENDERSON, Ky. (WFIE) - Firefighters were at an apartment complex early Saturday for more than seven hours for what the department says is Henderson’s biggest structure fire in more than a decade.

According to the Henderson Fire Department, crews got to the Weaverton Apartment complex around 1 a.m. They say when firefighters arrived flames were coming out of windows on the second floor and through the roof.

Seven hours after being called to the complex, firefighters were able to get the fire under control, the department says.

Updated: Just before 1 am this morning (10/26/19), we responded to a structure fire at Weaverton Apartments on Atkinson Street. The fire was well advanced upon our arrival and burned through part of the roof shortly thereafter. During our primary search, occupants were discovered in the hallway. The incident commander, Assistant Chief Chad Moore, said that the visibility at that time was only about one foot and some of the residents were disoriented and could not find their way out. Our interior crews escorted them outside to safety. All of the occupants that lived in the building made it out safely either on their own or with our assistance. A/C Moore said that the building’s structural damage is severe and it will have to be razed. There were no injuries reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation. We want to say thank you to the Henderson Police Department, Henderson Ambulance Service, and to the volunteer firefighters from the county that helped us during this fire; especially to Robards Volunteer Fire Department for responding with their ladder truck, which is our former ladder truck that the City of Henderson donated to them. We used it (along with our new truck) as an elevated master stream on this defensive fire.

Posted by Henderson Fire Department on Saturday, October 26, 2019

The Henderson Fire Department says the building was built in 1931 as the Weaverton High School.

Reporter Aria Janel spoke with the owner of the complex who says he thinks this is going to be a total loss. As of now, there have not been any injuries reported from this.

According to the department, this is the “largest structure fire for The City of Henderson in over a decade.”

An investigator says the fire was unintentional and undetermined.

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