INDEPENDENCE, KY (FOX19) - Six families have been displaced following a fire at an Independence apartment complex. Officials say the fire started when someone put out a cigarette in an unapproved container on a third floor balcony.
Police arrived at the scene of the apartment building at the 9500 block of Apple Valley Drive at about 5:00 p.m. Saturday.
"We made an aggressive attack inside, occupants were alerted by the smoke detectors inside, everybody got out safely," says Capt. John Bidwell with Independence Fire District.
Two apartments have been completely destroyed following the fire.
Joe Krige lives on the second floor with his mother, little sister and little brother. Krige was driving home from work when he saw the smoke.
"Everything is a little panicky but we'll figure things out one step at a time," says Krige. Krige was able to salvage some of his stuff after the fire was completely put out.
Displaced residents have connected with the American Red Cross, and are being housed in hotels for now.
Fire officials said tens of thousands of dollars in damage was done to the building.