Fire destroyed a two-story home early Thursday morning on Winthrop Drive in Lexington.
Shortly before 7:30 a.m., firefighters who had been battling the blaze evacuated the building and were maintaining a defensive position to keep the blaze from spreading.
In addition to crews on the ground, firefighters used a ladder truck to pour water on the building.
Emergency crews were dispatched to 3932 Winthrop Drive about 6:40 a.m.
Commanders twice ordered firefighters to withdraw from the house, warning at one point that brick veneer on one side of the house was leaning and might fall.