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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Six people escaped a fire early Monday morning at a Louisville nightclub near Churchill Downs.

The fire in the two-story, 9,500-square-foot building was reported just before 6 a.m. at Showgirls nightclub in the 3400 block of Taylor Boulevard, according to Major Bobby Cooper, fire department battalion chief of Louisville.

Cooper said crews were sent to the scene after “calls from passers-by who saw the fire in the building”. Crews arrived on the scene within two minutes “and found heavy fire coming from what appeared to be the attic. We assume that in all likelihood that is where the fire originated.”

Video and images provided by the Louisville Fire Department showed flames shooting from the roof of the structure before dawn.

Firefighters found six people inside, who were able to get out of the building on their own, Cooper said.

“We don’t even know if they knew the fire was burning at the time,” he said.

Cooper wasn’t sure who was in the building or why they were there in the early hours.

Once the occupants were safely outside, the crews moved into a defensive attack. Cooper said standard procedure is to search for people inside burning structures, even if they are declared vacant.

“We always assume there are occupants inside a building,” Cooper said. “So even when a building is deemed vacant … you have homeless populations seeking shelter inside vacant buildings, so we initiate these search and rescue missions, regardless of the state of the building. “

It took 30 firefighters about an hour and 15 minutes to bring the blaze under control, according to a post on the Louisville Fire Department Facebook page.

It’s not yet clear whether the building will be considered a total loss, but Cooper said it had “extensive damage” and it may have been two or three different buildings in the past.

Cooper said the cause of the fire has not yet been determined and lightning has not been ruled out as thunderstorms moved through the area overnight. The arson unit is investigating.

“They’re looking at all possibilities, so in addition to surveillance footage, and interviewing bystanders and property representatives, they’ll also be looking at weather conditions and potential lightning strikes,” Cooper said.

LG&E crews were called to the scene to shut off power to the building to ensure the safety of firefighters.

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