Fayette County

Lexington home and business destroyed; owner suspects arson

Lexington firefighters remained Monday morning at Classic Cut Landscaping Supplies & Installation, 3879 Winchester Road in Lexington, after a fire started shortly before 4 a.m. The building was heavily damaged. Winchester Road, which was blocked for a time, was reopened for the morning commute.
Lexington firefighters remained Monday morning at Classic Cut Landscaping Supplies & Installation, 3879 Winchester Road in Lexington, after a fire started shortly before 4 a.m. The building was heavily damaged. Winchester Road, which was blocked for a time, was reopened for the morning commute.

A Lexington firefighter was taken to the hospital Monday after fighting a fire that destroyed a home and business.

The fire was reported about 3:40 a.m. at a Winchester Road house that also was the office of Classic Cut Landscape and Lawn Supply Inc.

When firefighters arrived, the brick structure was "fully involved," Battalion Chief Marshall Griggs said. Flames and smoke were visible from every room of the upper story and from a door leading to the basement.

As firefighters prepared to enter the building, the first-story floor collapsed into the basement, Griggs said.

According to a police report, Dustin Harrison, the owner of the business, reported that someone "intentionally set fire" to the house "while having reason to believe that the structure is ... occupied."

A firefighter began having shortness of breath during the call, Griggs said. He was treated at the scene and taken to St. Joseph East hospital.

Griggs would not identify the firefighter.

No one else was injured.

Firefighters are investigating the cause of the blaze.

Harrison, the business owner, said firefighters told him an equipment shed on the property was empty.

"It looks like they stole everything out of our shed and burnt our house down," he said.

Harrison, who was away for Thanksgiving, said that the building was insured and that many items inside were irreplaceable. The house was his home and office for more than six years.

"You can't insure sentimental value and everything you've ever worked for," he said.

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