Fire leaves students displaced



Four UK students are searching for housing after a fire ravaged part of their home early Tuesday.

The fire damaged a three-story building at the corner of Conn Terrace and South Limestone that housed six people, four of whom were UK students, Lexington Division of Fire Battalion Chief Marshall Griggs said. Firefighters responded to the fire at 5:41 a.m.. Residents were exiting the rear of the building when the fire department arrived, Griggs said.

No one was injured.

Griggs said smoking materials placed in a plastic trashcan in the building’s rear caused the fire. One resident was awake when the fire occurred and alerted other residents. Smoke alarms also helped awake the sleeping residents.

The fire destroyed an enclosed deck and damaged a vehicle parked near the building. The fire also caused smoke, fire and water damage inside the building, Griggs said.

The building’s occupants are working with the Red Cross, the fire department’s Community Services Division and the building’s landlord to find temporary housing, Griggs said.

“The fire caused significant damage, but it was contained to the building’s back rooms,” he said.

Griggs said that the smoke alarms not damaged by the fire were working.

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