Posted: Jun 29, 2012 11:48 PM
Authorities say a woman trying to kill bedbugs accidentally set a fire that destroyed several apartments in downtown Carlisle in Nicholas County. It took firefighters from several counties to put it out. Not only had to battle the flames, but the extreme heat as well.
You could see the flames shooting out from the apartment's roof from several blocks away.
"I was scared to death for my husband because he was in the apartment," says Vicky Bussell, who lived there.
Firefighters disappeared into the smoke as they climbed the ladder to make sure everyone was out the building. It took hours to get a handle on the out of control fire.
"I've never really seen anything like this before," says Brianna Ross.
About 30 people lost their homes. Six families in the apartment building where the fire started, and ten families next door.
"It damages you. It's hard when you lose everything," Bussell says.
The Carlisle Fire Chief says a woman doused her couch in alcohol to try to get rid of bed bugs, and when she dropped her cigarette, the fire started.
"They're just belongings, you can replace them anytime. Main thing is, nobody got hurt," says Randal Lutes, who lost everything.
While everyone did make it out, four people were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation. Jackie Bond's mother was one of them:
"My mom's bed ridden. I take care of her everyday. I don't know where I'm going to take her, I don't know what to do."
Red Cross will be helping some of these people with a place to stay Friday night, but after that, many of these fire victims say they don't know where they'll go.
"I guess i just work until we build everything back up," Bond says. "Everybody's alive. As long as everybody's alive, I'll find a way. I'll have to."