Fire destroys one home, damages 4 others

Published: May. 17, 2016 at 4:54 PM EDT
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Lexington firefighters were called to a home on Stansberry Cove around 4:30p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

"It was like a war zone. I mean it was hot, smoke- you couldn't see your hand in front of your face," Rob Riddell said.

Riddell lives near the home on Stansberry Cove.

“We saw a little bit of smoke coming over the house, so we ran through our house and looked out the back door and their back porch was just fully engulfed in flames," Riddell said.

Both those who live along Stansberry Cove and even the firefighters described the scene as chaotic Tuesday afternoon after the home caught fire.

"They had got in there, not very far at all and they had the roof start to collapse on them," Lexington Fire Department Battalion Chief Jeff Nantz said.

Firefighters quickly had to pull out of the home and contain the fire from the outside. But then the flames began to spread to four neighboring homes.

"The problem is a lot of these houses in these new neighborhoods- this particular house here as a matter of fact on one side is less than 10 feet to his neighbor and the other is less than seven," Battalion Chief Nantz said.

Battalion Chief Nantz says with homes still being built very close together in Lexington, firefighters will likely continue to fight more fires similar to this one.

"We're going to see more and more of this as time goes they're just built too close together. The vinyl siding does nothing to prevent heat from catching another home on fire. It's just gonna be, it's the way our future looks right now."

Nobody was hurt as a result of the fire. Fire investigators are working to figure out how it started.

"It was pretty traumatic," Riddell said.