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Covington house fire displaces 7 adults, 2 kids

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Posted at 12:07 PM, Nov 19, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-19 12:07:04-05

COVINGTON, Ky. -- Seven adults and two children are homeless after a fire scorched a Covington home overnight Thursday.

The fire broke out at about 1:55 a.m. at a home on Main Street near West Pike Street.

The building is still standing but sustained extensive damage to the interior. Fire crews said they were worried the fire would spread to a neighboring home.

Fortunately an extra crew was able to help the squad contain the fire and prevent it from spreading.

All of the occupants were able to get out of the home in time.

Firefighters said the flames left heavy damage on the top floor while the lower floors were filled with smoke and water.

A man living at the home next door also had to evacuate because of the smoke and flames. He was later allowed to return home.

The victims said they were awakened to police knocking on their doors. It turns out a neighbor noticed the fire and called for help.

Chris Ivins just moved into the community and officials said his timing couldn’t have been better.

“I was just doing what I could of course as anyone would I hope to try to help friends and neighbors,” neighbor Chris Ivins said.

The Red Cross was called out to assist the victims.

No other details have been released and the fire is under investigation.