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Family of seven escapes fire

Lexington firefighters carried out charred furniture and a burnt Christmas tree from a Millcreek duplex, Wednesday afternoon, while the family of seven stood by and watched in disbelief.

"I can't believe how quick these guys [the fire department] got here," said one of the family members who did not want to be identified, but said everything happened quickly.

"It was really intense. I'm an adrenaline junky to be begin with but that was more than I cared for," the man said, with soot still covering his arms and hands, and around his face.

"The grandmother apparently discovered the fire, and started screaming," described Battalion Chief Brent Frizzell of the Lexington Fire Department.

While the family member said he was sleeping when everything started, he did say that the fire spread quickly, leaving him and the others only minutes to get out of the house.

"We threw a couple pots of water on it [the flames] and it didn't work, so we got the heck out of there," recalled the family member.

The man admits he isn't exactly sure what sparked the fire, but based on what he was told be his family, he estimates the fire started in the master bedroom where one child may have been playing with a lighter.

"It's a simple childhood mistake, that not everyone makes, but they do make from time-to-time," he rationalized.

At this time, the fire investigators have not named the exact cause of the fire.

The man is grateful everyone made it out safely, though his mother was taken to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation, but she is expected to be okay. Still, he says he is blessed by his neighbors stepping in to help his family in this tough time.

Chief Frizzell said the fire spread across several rooms on the ground floor, and there was smoke damage to the basement. The family was given a place to stay for the following few days.

Chief Frizzell did say on the scene that he's grateful for the family's alertness because the house did not appear to have any working smoke detectors.


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