Fire heavily damages unit at Townhouses of Merrick

A second-story fire heavily damaged a unit at the Townhouses of Merrick on Montavesta Road Wednesday afternoon.

Lexington Fire Battalion Chief Jeff Nantz said the homeowner was not in the townhouse when the fire started at about 4:30 p.m. The townhouse had extensive damage and will be unlivable, he said. No other units were damaged.

Officials said the fire appeared to have started in the homeowner's bedroom. It appeared to be accidental but remained under investigation Wednesday evening.