Several families displaced after building catches on fire

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WOWK) – Several families have been displaced after a three-story fire in Huntington.

The fire was reported just after 5 a.m. on the 2700 block of Latulle Avenue near 27th Street in Huntington.

Betty Haynes lived on the first floor of the apartment building and says her husband got her out of bed. “I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t see, I couldn’t do anything. It’s just a terrible mess.”

Huntington’s Fire Chief Jan Rader says all residents made it out okay, but one firefighter did sustain a small first-degree burn. She says he’s expected to be okay.

“This is actually an old house that has been cut up into about 5 or 6 apartments, and that, plus the age of the house made it very difficult to fight,” said Chief Rader. ” This is what we call balloon construction, so it’s hard to stop the fire once it gets going.”

Red Cross officials and volunteers showed up to the scene a little after 5:30 a.m. Friday morning to start assisting families.

Chief Rader also called a TTA bus to transport the victims to a nearby hotel.

Residents tell us some pets made it out, but several did not.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time, but it’s under investigation.

Reporter Shannon Litton will continue to keep you updated on the latest details on this fire as they are released.

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