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Woman, dog killed in early-morning fire in south Lexington

Flintridge Drive fire scene

A piece of heavy equipment called a trackhoe removed debris from burned house on Flintridge Drive in Lexington.
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A piece of heavy equipment called a trackhoe removed debris from burned house on Flintridge Drive in Lexington.

A woman and a dog were killed in an early-morning house fire Thursday in south Lexington. Her husband escaped with injuries, fire officials said.

The woman, Barcy Madinger, 62, died of smoke inhalation and thermal injuries, Fayette County Coroner’s Office said in a release.

Coroner Gary Ginn said removing the body was dangerous because the fire damage had left the structure unstable.

“The floor actually caved through to the garage” during the fire, Ginn said.

Madinger’s body was found in a bed in the basement.

“It does appear she was in her bed because there were box springs ... right there near her,” Ginn said.

The dog’s body was found near Madinger.

Barcy Madinger’s husband, Charles, was able to escape from the second floor using a “commercial fire escape ladder,” Battalion Chief Joe Best said.

Smoke still rose from the roof of the house on Flintridge Drive off Lansdowne Drive at 7 a.m., three hours after the blaze was reported.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.

“There’s a considerable amount of damage, so that may take several days,” Best said. “There’s a lot of debris from the structure collapsing. ... It’s going to be a painstaking process.”

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This house on Flintridge Drive in Lexington was heavily damaged by an early-morning fire Thursday. A woman was unaccounted for as of 8 a.m. Greg Kocher gkocher1@herald-leader.com

At one point, firefighters had to evacuate the house because of “the advanced fire conditions,” Best said.

A piece of heavy equipment called a trackhoe arrived shortly after 8:30 a.m. It was used to move debris from a side of the house.

Mae Arthur, a neighbor, said Charles Madinger is a minister who often traveled.

“He goes to Africa a lot,” Arthur said. “He does a lot of work for people in the neighborhood.

“For this tragedy to be happening is just unbelievable,” Arthur said. “It’s just really heartbreaking. It’s something you never want to witness.”

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