A two-story house on Forest Cove Lane was nearly destroyed Thursday morning in a fire that also damaged neighboring houses.
Lexington firefighters saw heavy smoke as they were driving to the fire about 7:05 a.m., so they called for additional fire units, Battalion Chief Mark Harvey said.
Two people were home when the fire started. One was taken to a hospital with minor injuries, fire officials said. Two dogs and a cat have not been found.
A fire investigator was at the house Thursday morning taking pictures of the debris and interviewing witnesses. A cause has not yet been determined, Harvey said.
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Jaylen Beckham was in his apartment behind the house when his dad got a call that there might be a fire near his company truck.
“I came outside to see a big fire, a huge fire and debris falling out, so I panicked,” Beckham said. “The fire just kept getting bigger and bigger, and the smell just kept getting stronger and stronger. It kind of smelled like tires were burning.”
Beckham said many neighbors came out in the early morning hours to do what they could to help.
“People were running in all directions, panicking like it was their house,” he said.
Fire officials arrived quickly, and police officers helped to make sure everyone was OK, Beckham said. “Everybody did their job.”
Monica Dodson was asleep in the house next door to the fire when she heard her neighbor screaming.
After looking out her window to see black smoke, she grabbed her dogs, Blitz and Brodie, and ran out of the house, Dodson said. Before she got off the phone with the fire department, the home was fully engulfed in flames, she said.
The siding melted on Dodson’s house and the house on the other side of the fire. Harvey said the melting was not solely caused by the proximity of the houses and that with the size of the fire, any neighboring house would have been damaged.
Dodson said she thinks most of the damage to her home was cosmetic, but the electricity needed to be cut off as a precaution for as long as a week. She said she and her roommate will need to stay somewhere else.
Dodson said she knows her neighbors only in passing, but that the man who lives in the house that burned often helped her take her trash out and would let her know if she or her roommate had left their garage door up.
“They are always good neighbors, very nice, very friendly,” Dodson said.