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Lexington house destroyed in early-morning blaze

Lexington Fire Department Maj. Joe Madden, left, and firefighter Casey Wiley looked for hot spots early Tuesday in a house that was destroyed by fire overnight. The fire started shortly after midnight at the house on Swigert Avenue, off Paris Pike. Lexington firefighters had to battle the fire in subzero temperatures.
Lexington Fire Department Maj. Joe Madden, left, and firefighter Casey Wiley looked for hot spots early Tuesday in a house that was destroyed by fire overnight. The fire started shortly after midnight at the house on Swigert Avenue, off Paris Pike. Lexington firefighters had to battle the fire in subzero temperatures. Herald-Leader

Lexington firefighters remained at the scene of a fire that destroyed a house on Swigert Avenue early Tuesday morning.

Firefighters were dispatched about 12:15 a.m., but the farm-style house off Paris Pike was in flames when they arrived, Battalion Chief Brian Wainscott said.

"Flames were visible when we got there, and within minutes, they were through the roof," Wainscott said. "We tried to get inside, but the fire was just too far ahead of us to operate safely."

Bitter cold weather added to the problem, firefighters said.

Wainscott said the woman who lived in the house escaped with one dog, but two cats and another dog were unaccounted for after the blaze.

The cause of the fire remained undetermined Tuesday morning.

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