UPDATE | Fire guts Loftis Mansion in Pike County, Ky.

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PIKE COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ/WYMT/AP) -- UPDATE 9/14/19 @ 3:10 p.m.
Officials say a well-known landmark near the border of Kentucky and West Virginia has been damaged in a fire.

Firefighters say the fire started as a controlled burn from a contracting company that escalated into a massive fire that gutted the Loftis Mansion in Pike County, Kentucky.

News outlets report firefighters responded to a call of a structure fire on Friday at the Loftis Mansion in South Williamson. The mansion was heavily damaged in the fire.

The mansion was once a luxurious home, but has been empty for years. It was undergoing an extensive renovation.

Firefighters battled the flames for several hours before getting it under control. A nearby McDonald's was evacuated for a short time while the blaze was being put out.

Officials with the Belfry Volunteer Fire Department say the fire started as a controlled burn from a contracting company that eventually got out of hand. No one was injured in the flames.

UPDATE 9/14/19 @ 12:15 a.m.
Fire gutted the Loftis Mansion in South Williamson, our crew at the scene reported late Friday night.

Firefighters say the fire started as a controlled burn from a contracting company that escalated into a massive fire.

Built in the 1980s, the Loftis Mansion had been vandalized through the years, but a new owner had plans to renovate the building.

There's no word on injuries at the time.

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ORIGINAL STORY 9/13/19
Officials tell WYMT that the Loftis Mansion in South Williamson is on fire.

We do not know what caused the fire at this time.

We have a reporter on the way to the scene.

Multiple fire stations are responding.

This is a developing story. We will continue to update as we learn more.