Crime

Lexington fire ravages house, donations for Haiti

A house fire on Tuesday cost a Lexington family not only their belongings, but at least $10,000 worth of donations bound for Haiti.

Molly and Stephen McFayden, who live at 4609 Longbridge Drive in the Cumberland Hill subdivision, said they lost their things as well as clothes, shoes and school supplies they planned to take on a trip to Haiti in April.

Molly McFayden, a native of Haiti who operates the non-profit Haitian Network of the Bluegrass, said she "plugged in a computer into the outlet and it popped" on Tuesday night.

So she said she unplugged the computer and went upstairs. When she noticed a strange smell, she said she went back downstairs, where she saw smoke coming from the office, where she had tried to plug the computer in earlier.

McFayden and her three children, along with the family's two guinea pigs, escaped unharmed.

Firefighters called to the scene at 7:25 p.m. found flames coming from windows on the first and second floors. They worked for almost 55 minutes before the fire was completely out, said Maj. Brian Strange.

Strange said that at one point, all the firefighters had to evacuate because the fire had burned through the floor on the ground level.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Strange said it is believed to have started in the office.

"They've lost a significant portion of the house," he said.

As more than two dozen firefighters continued to go in and out of the home Tuesday night, one of the McFaydens' children approached his parents: "Momma, my room got burned pretty bad," he said.

"Let's just be positive," Molly McFayden replied.

"All that stuff is vanity," Stephen McFayden said.

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