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Firefighters: Couple’s Actions May Have Saved Lives In Apartment Fire

Posted at 5:28 PM, Nov 30, 2018

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Firefighters say a couple’s efforts to wake their neighbors as a fire raged in a ground floor apartment on Friday morning may have saved lives.

Ted Kennedy and his wife jumped into action when they smelled smoke around 5:15 a.m., according to Kennedy.

He called 911, he said, and his wife began to knock on doors to wake neighbors up.

“She took it on herself and went around, and we have an elderly couple that lives below us and got them out,” Kennedy said, “and went around the building and knocked on the doors and got everybody out.

The fire started in a ground floor apartment where the tenant was not home, according to firefighters. But Kennedy’s wife was able to get the woman in the apartment above to safety.

“Probably helped save her at least from getting affected by the smoke,” said Lexington Fire Department Major C.J. Tackett.

Firefighters have determined the fire was started accidentally but the exact cause remains under investigation. At least two tenants have been displaced from their apartments, according to firefighters.