One Hospitalized Following Auto Shop Fire

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Lexington Firefighters spent hours Thursday morning on the scene of a large fire that started inside an auto shop.

Flames erupted from the Downtown Garage on Midland Avenue near Corral around 5 a.m.

We're told an employee was working inside the shop, possibly changing a gas tank, when the fire started. Chief Bob Hendricks with the Lexington Fire Department says the employee was walking around the shop after he called 911. That employee was taken to the hospital to be treated for burns and is expected to be OK.

Midland Avenue was shut down for hours because of the fire causing some traffic tie-ups during the morning commute.

Fire investigators have ruled the fire as accidental. They say the mechanic working in the shop was removing a fuel tank from a van, but the gas inside the tank had not been removed. When the tank came down, it fuel spilled out of the neck, starting a flash fire.

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