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Smoke seen for miles as barn burns to the ground

By: Tim Johnston Email
By: Tim Johnston Email

A barn fire flared up, around 8 p.m. on the Fayette-Scott County line. Fire fighters and many drivers said they could see the smoke from miles away. When the fire crews got to the barn, they say it had already burnt to the ground and since it was in an open field they were content to let it burn itself out.

"I'd say in twenty minutes the roof was gone and it was just ablaze," described Joseph Hobbs, who witnessed the barn collapse to a mound of fire.

"The damage was pretty much done when we got here, so we're content to keep it contained and put water on it as time goes on," said Battalion Chief Brian Wainscott, of the Lexington Fire Department.

The barn sits behind a mobile home park on Frisco Drive, off Lisle Road, and the flames drew a lot of attention and quite a bit of concern.

"I looked up and I thought a trailer was on fire. I jumped on my moped and run over here real quick and [saw] that the barn was on fire," recalled Joseph Wayne Walker, adding that he's grateful it was empty and no one was hurt.

"I was the first one to get over here because I was scared and I thought it was a trailer," added Selena Ortiz with her friend Daniella Venzor.

Several neighbors say the barn had been there for decades, and now it's no more. The fire fighters say the barn's owner was out of town, but it's believed that only hay was stored inside, at the time of the fire.

"Well, it started on the side where the silo is and it was burning through the roof when I pulled up," said Hobbs.

Though the rain fell, it did little to stop the fire from burning, instead the wet weather meant the fire trucks had to stay back on the streets several hundred yards away.

"As the ground gets wet, we're putting very heavy trucks out here on the ground, and that's a concern for us," said Batt. Chief Wainscott, "we did call out our brush truck, which is a smaller unit, to do the containment part of it."

The fire department says they initially got a call that children were seen playing in the area, before the fire, but that is unconfirmed at this time.

Investigators are on the scene looking for what sparked the fire.

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