165 seniors displaced by Covington apartment building fire

COVINGTON, KY (FOX19) - A fire at the Golden Tower in Covington, Ky. has displaced 165 people.

The Golden Tower is a 16-story, 155-unit apartment building for senior citizens on East 11th Street.

Fire crews and American Red Cross disaster assistance team members responded to the scene Thursday around 12:30 p.m.

Covington fire officials said the fire started in the building's electrical room because something shorted out.

The flames set off the sprinkler system. Crews believe that was a good thing because it put the fire out pretty quickly.

Firefighters said they could not safely enter the building until the electric was shut off. Once they went inside, they discovered the only room that was damaged was the mechanical room where the fire started.

165 residents were evacuated from their units. The building's manager, along with the Red Cross, temporarily placed the residents in nearby hotels.

"We are working with our external partners through the housing authority, and we're working in conjunction with them to provide lodging assistance," Sam Combs with the Red Cross said.

The Red Cross is also providing financial help, along with health and mental health assistance, for those displaced.

According to the Red Cross, 115 units were impacted by the fire.

Officials do not expect the residents will be able to return to the building for five or six days.

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