Firefighters battle flames and bitter cold at Nicholasville apartments

JESSAMINE COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) – A large fire in Jessamine County forced several people out into the bitter cold Thursday afternoon.

It happened at an apartment complex on North Central Avenue. Fire crews were called the scene just before noon.

When firefighters arrived they tell us four units were fully involved in flames. Between the fire, heavy smoke, and water not turning to ice, people living at the apartments say they do not have much hope their belongings will survive.

The Nicholasville Deputy Fire Chief says at one point, several people were trapped inside but crews were able to rescue them. We’re told all the people who lived the apartments made it out safely. Two cats are missing, however.

Nehemiah and Kiernan Easley waited anxiously for hours outside the burning building, for any news on their missing pets.

"We’ve had our cats for at least a good two years but we weren’t able to get them out because he was getting my mom out. In a rush to get the humans out we left the cats in there and we’re really scared because they’re a part of our family. We don’t want them to die."

Several hours later both cats were rescued. There’s no word yet on their condition.

Jessamine County Emergency management officials set up tents and handed out blankets to try and keep people who were evacuated warm.

Fire crews say the entire apartment building is damaged by smoke and described as "unlivable." Emergency management is putting some of the displaced residents in a hotel for the night.

The Red Cross is also stepping in to aid victims of the fire. The Red Cross is meeting with the families to determine their individual needs and to distribute comfort kids, blankets and toys for children.

Investigators have not said how the fire started, but there are reports that some children may have been playing with matches at the time.

The Lexington fire department was called in to man fire stations in Jessamine County, because Nicholasville city and Jessamine County crews were battling the fire at the apartment.

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