A house fire badly damaged the home of a prominent Lexington businessman on McMeekin Place off Tates Creek Road on Thursday.
No one was injured. The homeowners, Robert and Gwen Langley, were out of town.
Robert Langley owns Langley Properties Co., a Lexington company that owns office, retail and industrial properties in several states. Its properties include The Mall at Lexington Green on Nicholasville Road.
The fire at 878 McMeekin Place was reported about 12:40 p.m. by a neighbor who saw smoke coming from the roof, Battalion Chief Ed Davis said. Firefighters arrived within four minutes, he said.
Damage appeared to be relatively light on the outside of the house, but Davis said several rooms and much of the attic had been engulfed. Several windows were broken, and fire had eaten through the roof of an attic above an attached garage.
"It has heavy structural damage," Davis said. "Everything in the house was damaged by fire, smoke or water."
Davis said it looked as if the fire had started in the rear of the home, but investigators were trying to establish an origin and cause Thursday night.
Robert Langley's assistant, Melissa Robinson, said Langley and his wife were vacationing in Florida when the fire started. She said they had been told of the fire and were on their way back to Lexington Thursday night.
The house had smoke detectors linked to a remote alarm system, but no one received a report of a fire, Robinson said. She said the alarm company was supposed to have called the fire department and the homeowners if smoke was detected, but that apparently did not happen.
Robinson said they were requesting a report from the alarm company and would look into the matter.
The house probably is uninhabitable.
"In my experience, something like this will take months out of the house to rebuild," Davis said.