Homes too close?

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Courtesy: Russell Zik

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Investigators returned to the scene of a fire that destroyed a Lexington home and damaged four others Tuesday afternoon.

They are still looking into what started the fire on Stansberry Cove.

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People in the area say they heard a loud noise then the home went up in flames.

Crews say fire spread to homes on both sides and heat damaged siding on two other houses.

Firefighters say the home are close together, some less than ten feet apart and because of that one neighbor whose house caught on fire is surprised his damage isn’t worse.

Although the homes are close, the city says houses can be built within six feet of each other. It says according to zoning, each house can be three feet away from its property line.

Laws have been updated and now require fire resistant walls if houses are going to be built that close together, according to the city. The law was changed after that neighborhood was already built.

Firefighters say no one was hurt.