Apartment fire kills dog

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By Nathan L. McBroom

Shelbyville firefighters battled an apartment fire for three hours Wednesday night that took the life of a local man's dog.

At about 6:30 p.m., firefighters were dispatched to the Cola Commons apartment complex on U.S. 60 after a smoke alarm sounded.

When Fire Chief Willard "Tiger" Tucker arrived on the scene, he said he could not see the fire from the outside. But when firefighters made forcible entry into apartment 103, Tucker said they were met with intense heat and black smoke.

Tucker said in order to get some of the heat out of the apartment so that firefighters could enter and fight the fire they cut holes in the metal roof to increase ventilation.

The apartment's tenant, Jonathan Hall, was not home at the time of the fire.

Hall's dog was killed in the fire.

During the fire 15 units were evacuated. Four of the units were so damaged by the smoke, fire and water that the tenants could not return that night.

No one was hurt in the fire.

Tucker said the fire seems to have started in the loft area of the apartment. The cause of the fire is not known at this time.

In total, 29 firefighter from Shelbyville responded to the fire.

Shelby County EMS and Red Cross also responded and Shelby County firefighters were put on standby.