Crews battle neighboring house fires in Lexington amid hot, dry conditions

Crews battling two house fires in Lexington
Published: Jul. 1, 2022 at 4:58 PM EDT
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The Lexington Fire Department battled a structure fire Friday afternoon which they say left two homes unlivable and a family displaced.

Fire crews were called to the area of Sunny Slope Trace off Winthrop Rd., not far from the intersection of Nicholasville Rd. and Man-o-War Blvd, around 4:15 p.m.

“When crews got to the scene, they had two structures - two single-family dwellings - that were on fire,” said Battalion Chief Chris Ward.

Fire officials said one home caught fire and it spread to the second. It became a two-alarm fire as crews worked to stop the fire’s spread to other homes.

“The incident commander made the decision to focus on the second one, it was still savable,” Ward said. “The first one was pretty much gone”

Once extra firefighters arrived on scene, they were able to knock down the fires at both homes. While they’re not sure which home the fire started in, Major Jessica Bowman says both are a total loss. Other homes also suffered some melted siding from radiant heat.

Major Bowman says the second alarm was sounded due in part to the hot and dry weather conditions. Battalion Chief Ward spoke to just how difficult fighting a fire can be under those circumstances.

”What you would put on to go play in the snow during the winter time - that’s what they’re wearing,” said Ward. “It’s insulated coats, insulated pants. They’re wearing hoods to cover their head. They’ve got a face piece to cover their face. They’re wearing helmets.”

Ward says it’s extremely tough for a firefighter to stay cool anytime it gets above 90 degrees and when they get out of a burning building, they’re soaked.

”It’s not from the water they’re putting on the fire,” Ward said. “It’s because they’re sweating that much. You got to replace the fluids too.”

But a rehab trailer was on scene to keep them cool and no civilians or firefighters were hurt in the fire.

”It’s always hard, but we didn’t lose anybody to heat exhaustion today,” said Ward. “We were able to rotate crews out relatively easy because we had so many people here.”

We’re told by fire officials that one home was vacant, and a family lived in the other. The family has a place to stay with friends for the night.

Ward says a fire watch is set up in the area through the night to ensure no hot spots flare up.

Fire investigators say the cause is unknown at this time.

Get the WKYT News app on ROKU, Apple TV and Amazon Fire.
Get the WKYT News app on ROKU, Apple TV and Amazon Fire.(WKYT)

Copyright 2022 WKYT. All rights reserved.