Apartment fire forces 165 seniors out of their homes, possibly for a week

Posted at 6:11 PM, Feb 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-22 19:18:51-05

COVINGTON, Ky. -- An electrical fire displaced more than 100 residents of a senior living facility Thursday afternoon, and it could take up to a week for the building to be inhabitable again. 

The American Red Cross said in a news release the fire broke out at The Golden Tower, a 16-story apartment building, shortly after noon, affecting 115 apartments and forcing 165 residents to evacuate.

According to the Covington Fire Department, it started in the electrical room of the nearly 50-year-old building. That factor means residents could remain displaced for days while repair workers wait for replacement parts for the aging electric system.  

"The building’s owner is providing rooms at three area hotels for those who have been displaced," Red Cross spokeswoman Marita Salkowski.