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.