Most power returned in Lexington, 10,000 customers out at peak

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Kentucky Utilities employees were busy Wednesday morning, responding to power outages throughout Fayette County.

At one point in time the KU power outage map listed over 10,000 customers without power in Fayette County.

Several intersections in the city were also without power or flashing lights.
Traffic lights at major intersections like Jefferson Street and Main Street, as well as on Newtown Pike were out making for a very dangerous driving situation.

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department on Newtown Pike suspended its opening while officials tried to figure out if lightening was the cause of an air handling system malfunction.

It was around six this morning that the the Lexington Fire Department said they received a call from the health department of smoke in the building.

"A worker came in and spotted smoke in the building he dialed 9-11 and we responded," said Major Ken Raglin with the Lexington Fire Department.

When crews arrived, they searched the building for the source of smoke.

"Basically the power was coming to the building initially was lost the back up generator kicked on but couldn't supply enough power to the heating and ventilation system so basically it overheated and basically [blew smoke] throughout the building," explained Raglin.

Officials at the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department said they will keep the windows open to help ventilate the building.

Because of the power outage, the building at 650 Newtown Pike will be closed the remainder of the day. LFCHD locations at 804 and 805 Newtown Circle and 2433 Regency Road will open at noon.

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