LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A fire Friday morning in St. Matthews forced a family from its home. 

The fire started on about 9:15 a.m. Massie Avenue, which is off Chenoweth Lane near Westport Road.  

An elderly man and his granddaughter were in the home, but they managed to get out safely. They watched from a neighbor's lawn, as firefighters took almost 30 minutes to extinguish the fire. 

Visible damage to the house includes a charred front door and broken window.  But St. Matthews Mayor Rick Tonini says "All the rooms in the first floor have fire heat and smoke damage, and the rest of the house was virtually unaffected."

Tonini says the home will need months of restoration. 

There is no word on an exact cause, but investigators say the fire started in the living room and appears accidental. 

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