Franklin County

Investigators looking into Frankfort fire

FRANKFORT — Frankfort police and the state fire marshal's office were investigating an apartment fire that displaced several residents this week.

The cause of the fire, which was reported shortly after 11 p.m. Wednesday, had not been determined as of Thursday afternoon, said Eddie Slone, battalion chief for the Frankfort Fire Department.

No one was injured in the blaze, which started in the basement of a six-unit apartment building in the 200 block of Meadowview Drive off U.S. 127, Slone said.

"The stairwell coming up from the basement had substantial damage, and one apartment in the basement had substantial damage," Slone said. "There was a whole lot of heat damage in the basement."

Firefighters thought the fire was suspicious, said Frankfort police Maj. Fred Deaton, and police were interviewing residents Thursday.

Three adults were treated for smoke inhalation but did not require hospitalization, Slone said. Six children were removed from the building by two adults, Slone said.

Slone estimated that 10 to 15 people were displaced. Five of the building's six apartments had been occupied, he said.

Two displaced residents spent the night in a motel, said Paula Rutledge, executive director of the Franklin County chapter of the American Red Cross.

Other residents were able to stay elsewhere, she said.

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