Firefighters from around Central Kentucky responded Friday to an apartment fire in downtown Carlisle that displaced 15 residents.
The fire gutted the second floor of the North Locust Street building, across from the southern side of the Nicholas County Courthouse.
The occupants were evacuated, but a woman in her 50s was hurt when she fell down some stairs while she was leaving the building, Marvin Frederick said. He maintains the building for owner Lavinia Spirito, a Lexington lawyer.
The injured woman was taken to Nicholas County Hospital for treatment, Frederick said.
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The 104-year-old building at 224 and 226 North Locust was occupied by 15 people in six units, Frederick said. A call was placed to the Community Action Council office in Carlisle to find places for those residents to live, Frederick said.
As for the building, "it looks to me like it's going to be a total loss," Frederick said.
The cause of the fire was not immediately known, although Frederick said he heard that a couch on the second floor might have caught fire.
By late afternoon, the building's roof had caved in, and its basement had smoke and water damage.
Firefighters from Carlisle, Nicholas County, Lexington, Bourbon County, Harrison County and other departments were on the scene.
Lexington sent three trucks to keep the fire from spreading, fire department spokesman Ed Davis said.
"They made a call for mutual aid," Davis said. "We sent two engines, a ladder and a district major."
Because the building is connected to other buildings, there was concern "that we were going to have a major fire on our hands if they didn't get down here and contain it. Half of Carlisle would have burned down, I believe," Frederick said.
The fire began about 1:12 p.m. Friday and was contained before 4 p.m. Firefighters entered the building in late afternoon to knock down any hot spots.