House Fire Near Campus

Most residents living around UK’s campus are current students. With the end of the semester upon us and final’s rapidly approaching, student’s are feeling the heat. Today, the residents of East Maxwell Street where feeling a different kind of heat, the heat of flames. Around 9:30 AM this morning, Lexington Firefighters responded to reports of a fire at 429 E. Maxwell St. A neighboring business employee at Michler’s Florist saw the flames and called 911 to report the fire. At least one person was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital with burns from the house fire, but this is all that can be confirmed. Neighboring residents were all evacuated safely and there have been no further reports of injuries. The fire left extensive damage to the home, but it was mainly limited to the first floor. As for the neighboring homes, one wall was blackened, but that is the most of the damage. Over 6 firetrucks showed up and the street remained closed to traffic east of Rose Street. Surrounding streets were also affected. As for the cause of the fire, authorities say it is yet to be determined

– Josh McAfee

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