Posted: Apr 23, 2013 10:13 PM
Updated: Apr 24, 2013 8:10 AM
Smoke and flames were seen miles away as crews worked to put out a fire at a Lexington home. It happened just before eight o'clock Tuesday evening, on Cantrill Drive off of Eastland Parkway.
Smoke streamed from the back windows of Darrell and Jini Haynes' home, where they say something exploded in the garage below, while they were just a few rooms away.
The Haynes made it out safely, but the fire spread fast.
At one point, smoke could be seen from New Circle. It caught Nathan Gross's eye, a couple miles away.
"I just seen the smoke coming up and I pulled on the street to make sure everybody was out of the house," Gross said.
He found the couple behind their house.
"The woman, she looked like she was having a panic attack, crying and screaming, hollering about her husband out back. He was there, just bent over on the trailer, we had to tell him to get away because the smoke was coming straight at him, getting to the point where you couldn't see in the backyard."
Darrell Haynes says he had just finished cutting the grass, and parked the mower in the garage, where he heard the booms.
Investigators don't know what started the fire, but will start investigating the garage first.
"That's where she's going to concentrate, looking at that, to rule out possibilities and that sort of thing, but right now we don't have any idea," said Battalion Chief Brian Wainscott with the Lexington Fire Department.
Firefighters say furniture in a couple rooms can be saved, but much of the house is blackened with soot: overwhelming for the Haynes family who says they haven't wrapped their minds around what happened.