Celebrations consist of 80 fires, 35 medical runs, 21 arrests in Lexington

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email
The latest numbers on arrests and arsons from Saturday night

Kentucky fans dance around a fire on State Street as they celebrate Kentucky's 69-61 win over Louisville in an NCAA Final Four semifinal college basketball tournament game, Saturday, March 31, 2012, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/The Courier-Journal, Amy Wallot) NO SALES; MAGS OUT; NO ARCHIVE; MANDATORY CREDIT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The latest numbers on arrests and arsons from Saturday night's celebrations in Lexington are shedding light on just how rowdy the partying got. Firefighters tell us they dealt with 80 furniture fires, and police arrested more than 20 people. Emergency crews treated fans for burns and even one for a gunshot wound.

State Street has been one of the hot spots after a UK win in the NCAA tournament. And police and fire officials were there in full force when celebrations got out of hand. Saturday night consisted of plenty of harmless celebrations, but on top of that were dozens of fires, 35 medical runs, and 21 arrests. Those are what took it too far for local law enforcement.

"We noticed an increase in numbers simply due to the party goers that were out on the street," said Batt. Chief Brian Wainscott, with the Lexington Fire Department.

Fire officials say each game has brought out bigger crowds in Lexington, causing them more headaches.

"I think the main difference is just the success of the team," said Batt. Chief Wainscott. "So each night the celebration has grown by leaps and bounds for lack of a better term and that goes along with what the team has accomplished."

But after UK's win against Wisconsin too many people got hurt. Injuries are what police and firefighters are trying to prevent.

"They were setting their clothes on fire and tossing them into the crowds, but we had a variety of injuries Saturday night from lacerations to simple cuts to people getting hit in the head and things like that," said Batt. Chief Wainscott. "But we did have some burn injuries, and we actually treated a gunshot victim."

And to best combat the crowds, firefighters have been on foot patrol.

"I'd ask that everyone respect that that's being done for their safety," said Batt. Chief Wainscott.

As for Monday night, fire officials say they've already called in extra staff, expecting big crowds for the national championship game.

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