Firefighters had to take extra precautions working a house fire in the 400 block of West Sixth Street in Lexington Wednesday afternoon.
The Lexington Fire Department responded initially to an automatic fire alarm in a residence, which can frequently end up being a false alarm, Battalion Chief Jason Wells said.
However, on arriving firefighters saw smoke and fire coming from the third floor of the single-family home.
“Luckily there was a closed door to that third floor, which prevented major damage from spreading to the second or first floors,” Wells said. “They were able to get that fire knocked out pretty quickly.”
Everyone was safe, Wells said. He wasn’t sure if anyone had been inside during the fire, but crews were able to rescue a cat from the house.
Hot temperatures outside can complicate fighting any flames. The temperature in Lexington was about 88 degrees when the fire was reported about 3:15 p.m.
Wells said the fire department was taking extra precautions in rotating out the crews fighting flames to make sure they stayed hydrated in the heat.
The house is about three houses down from West Sixth Brewing.
West Sixth was closed for firefighters and equipment.