Cold challenges firefighters during destructive Lexington house fire

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT)- Fire destroyed a Lexington home overnight. The fire started around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday on Sulphur Well Road, near the Clark County line.

Firefighters say the fire started in the attic and spread quickly throughout the home. A man and a woman lived there. They made it out safely.

The cold and water issues caused problems for firefighters as they tried to stop the fire. The closest hydrant to the scene was a mile and a half, meaning they had to transport water. Once the water was in the hoses, it was freezing due to the frigid temperatures.

"Had about a mile and a half to go to the nearest water source, so we had to bring extra trucks out here to shuttle. Obviously, the trucks are starting to freeze up if they're not moving, if the pumps aren't moving," said Lt. Justin Dee. "It's cold no matter what you do."

Investigators have not determined what started the fire. The American Red Cross is helping the victims.

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