Fire officials: 4 injured in Owensboro apartment fire

Fire officials: 4 injured in Owensboro apartment fire
Published: Jul. 30, 2022 at 9:48 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 31, 2022 at 9:38 PM CDT
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OWENSBORO, Ky. (WFIE) - A massive fire broke out, with flames visible across Owensboro on Saturday night.

According to a social media post, Owensboro Fire Department crews responded to reports of an explosion in the 2300 block of Carter Road just before 9 p.m.

OFD says when crews arrived on scene, they found a single-story apartment building on fire with flames shooting through the roof down the length of the building.

Officials say a passerby was able to help several residents safely exit the building before first responders arrived.

Trent Jamy lives across the street from the apartment building, and says as soon as he saw what was going on, he had to go and help his friends who live there.

Jamy had to cross the highway on foot to get there, and he didn’t hesitate.

“My adrenaline was up, I was nervous and everything, but I knew, you know, they was in danger at the time. So, I just had to respond to that,” says Jamy, “and I came over here and tried to hurry up and get them out, you know? Quick as I can because I know they would’ve done it for me if I was in that situation.”

According to the fire department, at least four residents were taken by EMS for various injuries.

14 News spoke with a resident who says he was just sitting on his couch when he felt what he called an explosion rumbling through his whole apartment.

OFD Battalion Chief Steve Leonard tells 14 News this was a substantial fire, and he’s proud of the way his crew attacked and contained this fire. He says after it was all said and done, four people had to be transported to the hospital with minor injuries, but with a fire of this magnitude, it could’ve been much worse.

“Our guys did a fantastic job,” Chief Leonard said. “Sometimes you take those guys for granted since you work with them every day, but they’re really good at what they do. We see that each time they respond to an incident. My hats off to each of those firefighters last night for doing a tremendous job. I’ll stand with them anytime.”

For those who lost their homes and possessions in the fire, Jamy knows there’s a silver lining hiding in all the ashes.

“You can’t replace lives, but you can replace material things. So I just want them to get their lives back together, and I pray on it. That’s all I can do,” says Jamy.

Chief Leonard says they believe the room of origin for the fire was a laundry room between two of the apartments.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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