Fires gutted two homes in the Lexington area Tuesday, and a third fire, which was not as severe, damaged a duplex at 308 Radcliffe Road.
One of the fires destroyed the house at 2500 Dressage Way, off Versailles Road near New Circle Road, in Lexington.
A lightning strike was blamed for the other fire, at 109 Golf Club Drive, off Harrodsburg Road, in Jessamine County.
Lexington firefighters responded to all three fires within about 70 minutes.
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Battalion Chief David Johns of the Nicholasville Fire Department said the Golf Club Drive fire was reported at 4:46 p.m., when the family who lives in the house saw sparks coming from their electrical outlets. Lexington firefighters were called about 5:20 p.m.
Homeowner Mike Huff said his wife, son and their dog were home when the fire started, and he was a few minutes away.
"When I got home, there was just smoke in the house," Huff said. "By the time we got out here, there was fire all in the roof."
No one was injured, but the home was expected to be a total loss.
Johns said lightning brings intense heat, and when it hits an attic, fire spreads quickly.
"The attic is a great big open space," he said.
About 50 firefighters from the Nicholasville, Jessamine County, Lexington and Wilmore fire departments responded to the fire, Johns said.
People were seen bringing some portraits to Huff that firefighters had salvaged.
Huff said he didn't know whether the family would rebuild the house.
"We're just worried right now about what can we salvage," he said.
Peter McKeown, who lives in the neighborhood, said severe storms were rolling through when the fire started.
"We had a lot of lightning just in a very short period of time," he said.
At 2500 Dressage Way, Maj. Eddie Crews of the Lexington Fire Department said no one was at home when the fire started, but the family's dog died.
Firefighters were called to the home at 5:43 p.m. and arrived three minutes later to find heavy fire on the second floor with flames coming from the windows, Crews said.
"The inside's totally destroyed," he said.
He said the cause of the fire was under investigation. He said firefighters would remain at the house most of the night to ensure the fire stays out.
Meanwhile, residents of the Radcliffe Road duplex were displaced by a fire that appears to have started in a kitchen and spread to the attic, said Lexington fire Maj. Trevor Cox. He said no one was home when the fire started, and its cause was not immediately known.
The fire was reported at 6:29 p.m.
Cox said only one of the two units was damaged. But utilities were cut off to the other unit.