Arson might be cause of early-morning house fire in Lexington

A fire heavily damaged a Lexington home early Wednesday, and authorities think it might have been set.

No one was home when the fire started so no one was injured.

A family member told Lexington television that police indicated that the fire might have been started to cover up a robbery at the house on East Fifth Street.

As of Wednesday afternoon, officials at the Lexington Division of Fire said arson was suspected, but had not yet been confirmed.

Battalion Chief Brent Frizzell said firefighters called for arson investigators after extinguishing the blaze.

"I think they kind of changed gears when they found some stuff and got the police involved in it and so on," Frizzell said.

The fire was reported shortly before 1 a.m. at a frame house at East Fifth Street and Julia Way.

Fire units arrived within minutes to find that flames had burned into the attic and through the roof. Three rooms were heavily damaged, and there was smoke and heat damage in some other rooms, Frizzell said.

An investigation is continuing.