A fire that significantly damaged a three-story apartment building near the University of Kentucky campus Monday started outside on the front porch, according to the Lexington Fire Department.
Firefighters were called to the building at 420 Transylvania Park about 5:25 a.m., according to fire dispatch records.
The cause of the fire was arson, said Battalion Chief Joe Best.
The unoccupied apartments, reportedly one per floor, were under construction, according to the fire department.
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UK sent out a campus alert to students advising them to avoid the area.
The heat of the fire also melted the siding on a neighboring house, LEX 18 reports.