Tates Creek Elementary evacuated after backhoe catches fire

jwarren@herald-leader.comFebruary 7, 2013 

Lexington's Tates Creek Elementary School was evacuated briefly Thursday morning when an excavating machine caught fire outside the building.

Fayette Public Schools spokeswoman Lisa Deffendall said students were moved to the nearby Tates Creek Middle School as a precaution. They returned to their own school about an hour later, she said.

The incident occurred about 11:15 a.m. when a backhoe being used in connection with Tates Creek Elementary's current renovation project somehow caught fire.

The cause of the blaze remained under investigation Thursday afternoon, the Lexington Fire Department said.

Jim Warren (859) 231-3255.

Lexington Herald-Leader is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service