Several Lexington residents were forced out of their homes when a fire damaged a house containing apartments on Mentelle Park early Wednesday.
The fire, which apparently started in a wall, was reported shortly before 6 a.m., Lexington fire Battalion Chief Ed Davis said. Firefighters had to break into the wall to put out the blaze.
No one was hurt. Five "student-age" renters escaped before firefighters arrived, he said. Two cats also made it out safely.
No smoke detectors worked in the house, Davis said. One of the renters apparently smelled smoke and woke everyone up.
The two-story house at 36 Mentelle Park, off Richmond Road, had been converted into several rental units. Davis said the management company that owns the house would find the renters a new place to stay while repairs are made.
The cause of the fire was undetermined Wednesday morning.
Mentelle Park was temporarily shut down between Cramer Avenue and Richmond Road. The road was reopened about 9:30 a.m.