The home of well-known Lexington restaurateurs was damaged by fire Wednesday morning.
Max and Sandy Flannery, who own Louden Square buffet on North Broadway, apparently weren't home at 1756 Brynell Drive when the fire started. No injuries were reported.
Lexington fire Battalion Chief Brent Frizzell said the fire appeared to have started in a storage area above the attached garage. Firefighters tore holes in the ceiling of the garage and a second-floor wall of the home, pulling out smoldering insulation and spraying it with water.
Frizzell said fire damage was mostly confined to the storage area. He said there was some minor smoke damage throughout the house on Brynell, which is near Bryan Station Road in north Lexington. A cause had not been determined Wednesday morning.
Sandy Flannery's friend, Judy Coots, said she and Sandy had gone to Wal-Mart and had stopped for breakfast. When they returned home, smoke was coming out of the roof of the house. Coots said she called 911.
Sandy Flannery sat on the neighbor's front stoop, covered in a blanket and surrounded by friends, as firefighters worked to extinguish the fire.
Coots said she was thankful that nobody was hurt, but Flannery did not deserve the stress.
"She's a good person," she said.