Fire damages home, two pet dogs rescued

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Lexington firefighters had to get into the roof and attic of a home to fight a Wednesday morning house fire.

Firefighters responded to 953 Dayton Ave., between Winchester and Dallas roads, just before 9:15 to a report of smoke coming from the one-story frame house.

According to Battalion Chief Jordan Saas, crews found a “good amount of smoke coming from the structure.” Crews got the fire out quickly but had to attack from inside and the roof to make sure the fire was completely out.

Two dogs were assisted from the home.

“When [firefighters] opened the door we had to dogs inside and they were running around,” said Saas. “So, we essentially just assisted them outside.”

The owner escaped unhurt, according to neighbors and firefighters at the scene.

A fire investigator has responded to the scene, so the origin and cause of the fire are currently under investigation.

Saas said ice didn’t cause problems for firefighters, but the extreme cold adds extra challenges.

Firefighters have to winterize their trucks every morning in the winter. They use a rubber mallet to knock ice off of hydrants. On scene, they keep hose lines running in the grass to prevent lines from freezing. However, some things they can’t avoid.

“[Movement] definitely gets hindered, because you’re getting wet just like everything else with the water coming down,” said Todd Houston, Lexington Firefighter. “So, your gear is freezing up and that’s even more weight that you’re carrying with the water on you, a little bit harder to move around.”

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