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2 Dead in Old Louisville Fire

Two people were dead and four were in the hospital Thursday after a fire at an apartment building in Old Louisville.

Louisville firefighters were dispatched just before 8 a.m. Thursday to what would become a three-alarm fire on the 1100 block of South Second Street, said Capt. Sal Melendez, a spokesman for the department.

The building had six apartment units, Melendez said. Part of the building would collapse while firefighters tried to get it under control.

One person died at the scene and another died at University Hospital, Melendez said. Five others were transported to University suffering from burns and/or smoke inhalation, including one firefighter. The firefighter has been released from the hospital, Melendez said.

About 75 firefighters responded to the fire.

Melendez said firefighters faced difficulty addressing the fire because the building included six units. Fire officials have checked records and believe the building was up to code, however, Melendez said.

The fire was under control by late morning, though firefighters were still on the scene.

The cause of the fire is still unknown, Melendez said. As is standard is fatal fires, the Louisville Metro Arson Unit is investigating.

Joseph Lord is the online managing editor for WFPL.