Lexington apartment fire marks third arson in less than a week

By: Whitney Wetzel Email
By: Whitney Wetzel Email

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A fire at an apartment building marks the third arson in Lexington in less than a week.

Just after 7:00 Wednesday morning, a fire broke out at an apartment building on the 1400 block of Versailles Road. Firefighters say a resident was able to put out a small fire in an upstairs utility room before they got there.

Investigators believe the fire was set intentionally. The building houses 12 separate apartments, eight of which are occupied.

At least six people were inside the building when the fire started. Those residents say they worked together to find a fire extinguisher and call for help.

"I saw flames coming out of the hall closet where they keep the controls for the heat and air. It was blazing. So I ran back down here to my apartment and got my fire extinguisher and ran back upstairs. One of the guys who lives upstairs took it, opened up the door and started putting it out," says William Hager, a resident at the apartment building.

The fire damaged the building's electrical wiring. Investigators say about 12 people will be displaced because of the damage.

Investigators say they don't believe the fire is connected to the other two fires in Lexington that have been ruled arson in the last week. The first happened last Thursday at a playground belonging to the Russell School Community Services Center. The second happened Monday at an apartment complex on Hollow Creek Road.

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