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Brick Home Destroyed by Fire

A Lexington volunteer firefighter is seen fighting a blaze that destroyed a brick home located at 114 Lazy Lane in Lexington early last Friday morning. PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. A Lexington volunteer firefighter is seen fighting a blaze that destroyed a brick home located at 114 Lazy Lane in Lexington early last Friday morning. PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. On Friday, July 17, 2009, at approximately 1:50 a.m, Officer Fred Kelly with the Lexington Police Department assisted the Lexington Volunteer Fire Department with a house fire at 114 Lazy Lane in Lexington. Lazy Lane is on the north side of the old Linda's Kitchen Restaurant off of Hwy. 77, just north of town. The white brick home, owned by David Fahrencamp, had been vacant for over two years and was reported to have been under renovation.

Officer Kelly said, "As I arrived to get a better location for the Fire Department to respond, the flames were only on the northeast corner of the garage section of the home. After approximately one minute the fire was exiting the roof of the garage in a circular motion upwards and setting the tree on fire. The flame at that point was dark red to light orange in color."

"I scanned the area and did not notice any unusual people or vehicles in the area. Only the family directly to the north and I were monitoring the fire at that point. After approximately one minute, the fire began to shoot out of the vent located on the west side of the home. This flame was very blue in color and seemed to be under pressure like a torch.

The home became engulfed in flames and the windows blew out as the roof began to fall. The Fire Department arrived and began to try to extinguish the burning home. I assisted the residents controlling the little fires caused by floating embers."

Lexington VFD had four trucks and eight people respond to the fire, along with two trucks and two people from the Tanglewood VFD. The fire was contained by 3 a.m. and the departments stayed at the scene until after 5 a.m.

The Lexington Fire Chief, Donnie Milburn, requested that the State Fire Marshal be called to investigate, as is the procedure in all structural fires. The Fire Marshal began his investigation Tuesday morning.

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