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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Nearly two dozen people have been forced from their homes after a large fire tore through a Lexington apartment building. The fire started just after five this afternoon along Lexington Avenue near UK's campus. Firefighters spent hours on the scene, putting the fire out and investigating.
It was a fire that people in both downtown Lexington and on UK's campus could see bocks and even a mile away.
Along Lexington Avenue is a lot of student housing, and the apartment building affected housed more than 20 people, mainly college students even a couple UK football players.
"It started to flame up down low on the left side and then a few minutes later it escalated," said Jacob Robertson, a neighbor living nearby. "And it was all the way up at the top."
The fire produced flames said to be 20 to 30 feet in the air.
"I actually went out my driveway and looked up over these trees, and I could see the flames up over these trees," said Madeline Doran, another neighbor.
We talked with one UK student, Megan Frasz, living in the apartment building who wasn't here when the fire started and rushed home, not knowing how serious the fire was.
We showed Frasz the side of the building, revealing the damage to her. And she was, of course, in shock that her apartment was burned and heavily water and smoke damaged.
"I'm not really concerned about what's salvageable and what's not," said Frasz. "Just that everyone is safe and able to get out of there as quickly as possible."
A couple fire crews are staying behind to monitor the apartment building overnight. For now, they say it's not suspicious.