Lexington Fire Department units were busy for much of the early morning Tuesday with calls related to celebrations of the University of Kentucky's 2012 national basketball championship.
The most serious incident was a shooting that occurred about 2:15 a.m. near the intersection of South Limestone and Virginia Avenue, department spokesman Ed Davis said.
According to Davis, one person at the scene sustained a gunshot wound that did not appear to be life threatening.
Firefighters answered almost 60 fire calls during the evening, Davis said, 55 of them involving "nuisance fires" started by people celebrating the Wildcats' victory over Kansas. Most of those involved couches or trash that had been set on fire, he said.
Two garages also caught fire on State Street, Davis said, and at least one of them was heavily damaged. The second garage was only slightly damaged by a firecracker that struck the eave of its roof and then started a small fire, he said.
Davis said the department also made 25 ambulance runs during the evening, all of them involving minor injuries except for the shooting, Davis said.
"I was probably standing about 40 feet from it," he said.
Davis said a fire engine had a minor collision with a pickup truck at Lime and Virginia at about that time and he was there to do a report.
"I was standing in front of my truck with a police officer exchanging some information, and we heard some yelling and looked across the street," he said. "A guy began firing shots, and the person who was shot was between us and him so the shots were coming our direction. It was on the sidewalk directly across from us."
"We could see the guy shooting; we could see the muzzle flashes; the gun was pointed in our direction," he said.
Davis said firefighters and police officers hurriedly got some passersby out of the way or behind cover.