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Homeowner missing after Lexington fire

Updated: May. 13, 2021 at 6:31 AM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Fire investigators are working to determine was caused a home on Old Richmond Road to catch fire Wednesday night.

Lexington police also looking for the homeowner.

Firefighters say they could see a tower of smoke billowing over the trees along Old Richmond Road as they arrived at the scene around 10 p.m. Wednesday night.

“Crews found heavy fire coming from a single-story residential structure. It was [in] the basement as well, but they did encounter heavy fire when they arrived,” said Battalion Chief Jordan Sass, Lexington Fire Department.

Lexington fire officials say the fire did a lot of damage to the first floor and basement of the home, you can even see the scorch marks on the outside.

“It was a well-involved structure,” Sa There was a lot of fire on the first floor and the basement and, so, because of the large volume of fire, it requires a large volume of water.”

Sass says that water was in short supply as well.

“In that area, in the rural parts of our county, fire hydrants are not common,” Sass said. “What we had to set up was a water shuttle, which, essentially, we have to find the closest fire hydrant, fill up our engines and then transport it to the scene, dump it, and then go back and refill and vice versa.”

The White Hall Volunteer Fire Department also responded to help crews in getting the water back and forth.

Officials say no one was inside the home, but the homeowner couldn’t be found.

Lexington police tell us the homeowner was seen leaving his home a short time before this fire broke out. As of right now, there’s no word on his location but family members have filed a missing person’s report for him.

We’ve reached out to Lexington Police for more information as well as the Lexington Fire Department for a possible cause.

As of right now, both are under investigation.

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