Residents evacuated from fire in Covington apartment building

Posted at 10:55 PM, Nov 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-18 23:39:07-05

COVINGTON, Ky. -- Residents of a Covington apartment building were evacuated due to a fire Friday night.

The fire was reported at the St. Aloysius Apartments on West 8th Street before 8:45 p.m.

Four people were hospitalized for treatment of minor injuries, Fire Chief Dan Mathew said. 

The fire started in one first-floor apartment before it spread to the hallway, Mathew said. The cause wasn't immediately known.

Firefighters also rescued several cats from the building.

Resident John Angel said he heard a neighbor calling "everybody get out, get out of the building."

When he went out into the hall, all he could see was smoke and it was hard to breathe.

"Some woman at the top of the steps in that hallway, she couldn't walk. She was scooting down one step at a time, and somebody had her wheelchair over their head and went past her and said he 'will be waiting at the bottom for you,'" Angel said.

The residents would not be able to stay in the building Friday night because of smoke and water damage, Mathew said. Officials were trying to find a place for everyone to stay.

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