Two-alarm fire causes extensive damage at Lexington business

Published: Nov. 26, 2021 at 9:06 AM EST
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A Lexington business is badly damaged after a fire broke out early Friday morning.

Fire officials said they saw a lot of flames coming from a commercial building when they arrived at the 1400 block of North Limestone just after 7:00 a.m.

The building, which contains Big Bob’s Used Furniture, was engulfed in flames when Lexington Fire arrived. Battalion Chief Jordan Saas said it was a challenge to even get inside and fight the fire.

“The building was locked and so fire crews had to form a lot of forcible entry which means that there was a lot of doors and windows that we had to physically open not only is an entry point but also as an exit,” Saas said.

Saas added that the building’s construction with cinder block was keeping a lot of heat and smoke within its walls.

“We went up on the roof and cut a big hole where we think the fire was located… That allows the heat and smoke to evacuate the building,” Saas said.

Officials said the call originally came in for the liquor store next door, Jackson’s Wine and Spirits.

The owner said he smelled smoke this morning and when he went to check out what was happening, the fire was so contained within Big Bob’s that he couldn’t even see flames.

“It initially came in as the liquor store, however, it ended up being the building next to it. So the liquor store actually remained open the entire time,” Saas said.

WKYT spoke with a family member of the business owner who said the business has been open at this location for at least a decade. But now, he said everything might be lost, and Saas said the integrity of the structure is also in question.

“Since the fire has been deemed under control part of the building is now unstable. It’s part of the roof structure... We’re now being very cautious as to who and how many people we send into the building,” Saas said.

Officials said the origin and cause of the fire are still under construction.

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