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128-year-old Lexington house burns; some art threatened

House fire on North Limestone in Lexington

Lexington firefighters battled a structure fire at 417 North Limestone. The fire was reported about 12:30 p.m.
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Lexington firefighters battled a structure fire at 417 North Limestone. The fire was reported about 12:30 p.m.

The inside of a nearly 130-year-old brick house on North Limestone burned Thursday in Lexington, threatening valuable art.

The homeowner told Lexington firefighters that he left a space heater on in an upstairs bathroom while he went for lunch and came back to flames, Battalion Chief Mark Harvey said. A cause has not been determined. The house was built in 1888, according to county property records.

Harvey said first-responders didn’t see much from the outside. The blaze was on the 400 block, north of Fourth Street.

“They quickly found out there was a working fire inside the home,” Harvey said.

There were no injuries, Harvey said, but some of the art inside might have been damaged.

“We’re in the process of trying to cover some of that stuff up and maybe even move it for him before we do our overhaul, which is where we make sure there’s no hidden fire inside the building,” Harvey said.

Firefighters could be seen moving large paintings on the ground floor.

Harvey said the fire was quickly put out because it was discovered early.

“The timing of it is everything,” he said.

The section of Limestone between Fourth and Fifth streets was temporarily closed during the fire and afterward as crews cleaned up.

Michael McKay: 859-231-1324, @hlpublicsafety

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