Elizabeth Lowe was working from home, watching The Price Is Right when she heard “a popping sound and a woman screaming.”
“I thought someone was being shot,” Lowe said.
A couple doors down, Lowe saw the front of a sport utility vehicle and a garage on fire at a house on Deer Crossing Way in southeastern Lexington near Man o’ War Boulevard and Interstate 75.
The woman who was screaming and two others had been in the house minutes earlier when passers-by saw the flames and banged on the door, Battalion Chief Mark Harvey said.
Lexington firefighters extinguished the fire, but both floors of the house sustained significant damage, said Battalion Chief Joseph Best. No injuries were reported.
Lowe took control of the family’s animals after they were collected from the house.
“I had a Doberman in my house, two bulldogs on my front stoop and a bird in my garage,” Lowe said.
The fire’s cause had not been determined Tuesday, Best said.
The house was uninhabitable at least for the night, and the Red Cross was called to help the residents find a place to stay, Best said.