Louisville woman loses everything after apartment fire

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) – A Louisville woman said she then lost everything she owned A fire destroyed her apartment building.

Nearly 40 firefighters battled the blaze on Douglas Boulevard at about 3 a.m. Friday, Louisville Fire said.

Their efforts helped prevent the fire from spreading to nearby buildings.

The two people inside the building were able to get out, but Lisa Duvall was sent to the hospital with injuries while trying to escape the flames.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Duvall said. “I couldn’t believe it.”

Less than 48 hours after her life changed forever, Duvall was still trying to figure out what went wrong.

She said she came home from work and was watching TV on her couch with her dog when she said she smelled burning plastic.

“Something told me to sit up and look over my shoulder into the living room area,” Duvall said. “And all I saw was the big bright red light and I thought it was the neighbors, and I was like oh my God something is happening.”

Duvall said she then opened her kitchen door and was pushed back by a huge cloud of smoke. That’s when she realized her home was in danger.

Then she closed the door and ran for her life while holding on to the things that meant the most to her.

“And the biggest thing that came to mind was of course my dog,” Duvall said. “But she was there with me and I thought I would take my family photo and I ran up and took her out of my cloak and ran.”

She said the family members in the photo were all dead, and this was the only piece of them left.

But during the escape, Duvall said she broke her hand. She said she was in severe pain but couldn’t remember how she did it.

What she does know is that she feels lucky to be alive.

“If I had not been in that front room at that time, if I had been in that bedroom, if I had… I would not have come out,” Duvall said. “I wouldn’t have gone out.”

But one of Duval’s biggest losses was her car.

She said she worked extremely hard to buy the car, and it meant the world to her. But within minutes, it was severely damaged.

Among the rubble, Duvall said, she found a photo of her beloved parents safe and sound, and it gave her a sign that she still had a lot to live for.

“I think that’s what motivates me,” Duvall said. “He won’t let me fall. This is falling, but I’m here for a reason, and he’s keeping me going.

Duvall said she left the building with only her dog, a photo of her family and her nightgown, not knowing what to do next. She is comforted by her neighbors and best friend who are doing everything they can to help her get through it.

The support she feels helped save her life.

If you would like to help Lisa Duvall recover everything she lost, you can find her GoFundMe By clicking or clicking here.

Louisville Fire is handling the ongoing investigation.

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