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Fire destroys house on Winthrop Drive in Lexington

Lexington Fire Dept. firefighters at the scene of a fire that destroyed the house at 3932 Winthrop Dr. in Lexington, Ky., Thursday, January 30, 2014. The fire, which was reported shortly before 7 a.m., destroyed the 2-story house. Shortly before 7:30 a.m firefighters evacuated the house and  maintained a defensive position to keep the fire from spreading to the houses next door. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff
Lexington Fire Dept. firefighters at the scene of a fire that destroyed the house at 3932 Winthrop Dr. in Lexington, Ky., Thursday, January 30, 2014. The fire, which was reported shortly before 7 a.m., destroyed the 2-story house. Shortly before 7:30 a.m firefighters evacuated the house and maintained a defensive position to keep the fire from spreading to the houses next door. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff Herald-Leader

Fire destroyed a two-story home early Thursday morning on Winthrop Drive in Lexington.

Shortly before 7:30 a.m., firefighters who had been battling the blaze evacuated the building and were maintaining a defensive position to keep the blaze from spreading.

In addition to crews on the ground, firefighters used a ladder truck to pour water on the building.

Emergency crews were dispatched to 3932 Winthrop Drive about 6:40 a.m.

Commanders twice ordered firefighters to withdraw from the house, warning at one point that brick veneer on one side of the house was leaning and might fall.

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