Jan 11, 2013 5:05 AM
Lexington firefighters battled two suspicious fires early Friday morning.
A man suffered burns to his face in the first fire, which was reported at a home along Ohio Terrace around 1:15 a.m. At one point, the house was fully engulfed in flames. Firefighters say they were dealing with several calls at the time, and that caused a slight delay in attacking the blaze.
"We had several other runs in the city, so we were stretched, stretched a little thin at the time," Lexington Fire Department Maj. Chris Ward said.
Firefighters were able to rescue a man found at the scene. EMS took him to the hospital for treatment of second degree burns.
The house was a total loss.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Investigators brought in an accelerate sniffing dog to check out the scene.
Less than an hour later, an officer spotted smoke and flames rolling from the porch of a vacant house along Eddie Street, about a half-mile away. Firefighters quickly knocked down the fire, limiting damage mostly to the back of the home.
Neighbors say the house has been vacant for quite a while. Investigators say they don't know what caused the fire, but called it suspicious.
A few hours later, police spotted a man walking near Ohio Terrace. He agreed to go downtown to the police station for questioning, but once inside the cruiser, he kicked out a window. Police charged him with criminal mischief, and officers say they plan to question him about the fires later Friday.