Jun 2, 2014 12:00 AM
Fire crews converged on a Lexington home Sunday evening.
Firefighters were sent to the 600 block of Parkside drive just before 9 p.m. for a report of smoke coming from a house.
Neighbor Mike Hamilton told LEX 18 he was working on his camper right in front of his house when he says he suddenly smelled something burning. When he looked up, he says he saw flames coming from another nearby home. Hamilton ran across the street and yelled for his wife to call 9-1-1.
"I seen a cloud of smoke above the house, so I ran across the street around the side of the house and seen flames inside the kitchen window," said neighbor Mike Hamilton.
Hamilton says his first thought was to get the residents out of the house. He began banging on the doors and windows, and could see smoke and flames coming from the kitchen.
Firefighters arrived on scene and said no one was home, so they were forced to break their way in.
Neighbors say the house was being rented out, and they knew there were pets inside. The dog was able to make it out, but the cat died.
Firefighters say it was thanks to the neighbors fast reaction that they were able to get to the scene so quickly.
"They were able to make a pretty quick attack on it and knock down what appears to be a fire that started in the kitchen," said Lexington Fire Battalion Chief Mark Harvey.
Officials say the fire was contained to the kitchen but it's still going to be a couple of days for them to determine exactly what caused the blaze.
Neighbors say they didn't know the residents well, they had recently moved into the home a few day ago.