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Neighbors Help Save One Another as Fire Spreads

COVINGTON, Ky. (Angela Ingram) -- Three homes destroyed and others damaged as flames reached high into the sky.

Around 4p.m. Thursday afternoon neighbors smelled heavy smoke and they knew it was time to get out of their houses.

Mitchell Fox, a neighbor said, "And I was just taking a shower and all of a sudden I heard my window broke I guess the heat must have gotten to it. So I looked outside and noticed the next door house was on fire."

When firefighters arrived two houses were engulfed in flames.  The fire spread to a third house to the west.  Out of the three burning houses two of them collapsed.  Neighbors say they've never seen a fire so large and destructive.

Another neighbor, Heather Soard, said, "I saw it one time when my grandma's house burned down but it didn't take down three houses, it only took one house down."

Firefighters say it'll be hard to find what sparked the flames because the houses have caved in on themselves. And it was a challenge to stop the fire from spreading.

Chief Dan Matthew of the Covington fire department said, "The biggest factor that we have here particularly in this part of town is the homes are so close together.  Having the one building completely engulfed then it spreads to the next, and spreads to the next, it makes it very difficult to stop the spread of flames like that."

Neighbors are amazed and grateful that no one was seriously hurt.

Matthew Fox says, "Obviously right now it's taking about three houses. Mine is still standing but my prayers and thoughts go out to the families whose houses actually went down today." 

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