Overnight apartment fire ruled arson

By: Whitney Wetzel Email
By: Whitney Wetzel Email
Investigators are trying to determine what started a late night fire that forced crews to evacuate an apartment complex.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A fire that started in the bottom floor of an apartment complex has been ruled arson.

The fire broke out around 10:30 Sunday night at Hollow Creek Road Apartments. When crews arrived, they could see smoke coming from the building.

Firefighters say they were able to quickly knock out the fire on the first floor, but found the flames had extended to the second floor as well. They were able to contain the fire to both of those levels, but smoke damaged all three apartment floors.

Investigators have now ruled the fire to be arson. They say it started in a closet on the bottom floor. No one lived in the apartment and no utilities were hooked up.

Investigators say whoever set the blaze committed a very serious crime.

“This is a significant crime. As you know, starting a fire in an occupied building is Arson I. It carries a significant penalty and it’s something that we take very seriously. This is a dangerous act,” says Battalion Chief Joe Best, Lexington Fire Department.

Officials say no one who lives inside these apartments was home when the fire started.

If you have any information about this fire, call the arson hotline at (859) 231-5672. You can also e-mail a tip to arsontips@lexingtonky.gov

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