Case of arson forces Lexington family from home

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Lexington fire crews rushed to a home on Wilson Street around 5:30 Tuesday morning for a fire in a duplex. They have since determined the fire is a case of arson.

"I just kept smelling this smoke, so I went upstairs to make sure my kids was alright," said fire victim Donica Sweat.

Firefighters worked on the vacant portion of the building, as smoke
poured out and flames leapt from a second story window.

"Fire was progressing pretty well with the winds blowing this morning. That made, the knock-down took a little while, but we got to it," said Lexington Fire Battalion Chief Andy Areaux.

Donica Sweat and her three children had a fire plan in place, and used it Tuesday morning.

"Yes, ask questions later, lets go," said Sweat referring to her urgency to get out.

Fire officials say they had to cut the power to the building in case there was any electrical damage, forcing Sweat and her three children to stay with family for the time being.

"I'm thankful for just being alive, cause it could've been a lot worse. And that I was able to get my children out, that was my main concern," said Sweat.

If you have any information on this case, you can call the Fire Investigation Bureau at 859-231-5672 or leave a tip at

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