Victims of Middletown apartment fire grateful for neighbor’s door knock, yelling

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Resident alerts neighbors to get out of burning

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If not for the neighbor’s knock at the door about a fire Monday afternoon at the Kensington Ridge Apartments in Middletown, who knows what might have happened to Kaelyn and Zachary Haney.

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She said they were napping, because Zachary works the night shift, when their neighbor sounded the alarm the best she could.

“We heard our neighbor pounding on the door, running around yelling,” Kaelyn told Journal-News Reporter Ed Richter. “We weren’t sure what was happening until we got up and heard her yelling there’s a fire.”

Kaelyn said she and Zachary “grabbed our stuff” and ran out of their second-floor unit.

Zachary said they are grateful because they wouldn’t have heard anything unless [the neighbor] knocked on the door.”

Middletown Fire Chief Paul Lolli said crews from his city, Monroe and Franklin arrived at 730 Kensington Court about 5:15 p.m. to find flames shooting from the second-floor windows. There was heavy smoke also.

No one was injured, he said, and the Red Cross has been called to assist an unknown number of residents displaced because of the fire, smoke and water damage.

Chief Lolli said the cause remains under investigation.

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