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SLIDESHOW: Fire rips through Prospect mansion

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Fire crews spent the night battling a massive house fire in Prospect.

Dozens of firefighters from several departments battled the blaze that started shortly after 11:30 p.m. Monday at a home on Rama Road near Wolf Pen Branch Road. Fire officials tell us several people reported smelling smoke in the area before the fire was discovered.

Crews from Harrods Creek, Lyndon, Worthington, Anchorage and Middletown responded. When firefighters arrived, the home was fully engulfed in flames.

It took three hours to get the fire under control. Firefighters at the scene tell us it was one of the largest fires they've ever seen.

"It's one of the biggest (fires) I've seen in a long, long time," said Worthington Fire Chief Kevin Groody. "This building is approximately 40,000 square feet. It's considered a residence, but from our standpoint it's the size of any commercial building."

The house has been under construction for the past three years. Fortunately, the home was not yet move-in ready. A sub-contractor who stopped to see the damage says it was about 4 to 6 months from completion. 

"It's not my house so I can't image what the homeowners must feel like, but something you've put this much time and effort into it's pretty devastating to see it just gone overnight like that," said Tim Haas, owner, Haas Design Company. 

There's no word yet on what may have caused the fire. Arson officials are investigating.

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