One person was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, and six others were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation after a fire tore through several rooms in a Millcreek Court duplex Wednesday. It was the one of three fires that broke out within about five hours in Lexington.
The duplex fire, at 1044 Millcreek Court, was reported about 4 p.m. Amber Bush, who lives in the duplex, said her mother and two children started screaming after spotting the fire on a mattress in a bedroom.
Bush said she and her family tried to extinguish the fire with bowls of water, "but it wasn't going out, so we called 911."
Firefighters quickly extinguished the flames, but not before much of the family's clothes and furniture were destroyed.
The fire also damaged their Christmas tree, destroying several ornaments containing pictures of Bush's grandmother, who died this year.
"That can't be replaced," a soot-covered Bush said, her voice trembling.
Her mother was taken to UK. She, her children and three others who lived in the duplex were treated at the scene, she said.
Bush said the Red Cross had gotten her family a hotel room until Christmas Eve. She said she didn't know where she would go after that. She had lived in the rented home for three years.
Each of Wednesday's fires displaced residents, but no other injuries were reported.
The earliest fire broke out at an apartment complex near the University of Kentucky about 12:40 p.m.
The blaze was confined to one room of a middle-story apartment at 314 Transylvania Park, between Euclid Avenue and Maxwell streets. Five other apartments in the building sustained smoke damage.
The resident of the apartment where the fire started will have to find another place to stay, fire department Maj. Ed Davis said. Officials thought the building was safe for residents of the five other apartments, but some residents said they might stay elsewhere until the apartments could be cleaned and aired out, he said.
The second fire broke out about 2:30 p.m. at a single-family home at 481 Rookwood Parkway, off Bryan Station Road, displacing two adults and a child.
The family got outside quickly after the fire started.
One bedroom and a master bathroom were destroyed. The fire also caused a window to break, and some siding was melted, Davis said.
The family also had not found its cat, who ran into the basement when the fire started. Davis said that the basement was not heavily damaged and that the cat probably was hiding.
Official causes had not been determined for any of the fires by Wednesday night.