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Spark from drill ignited cash for clunkers cars

A spark from a drill being used to drain gasoline from a "cash for clunkers" vehicle apparently started a fire on Tuesday at a Lexington salvage yard, Lexington Fire Department Battalion Chief Brent Frizzell said.

Many vehicles that had been traded in for new, more fuel-efficient ones as part of the federal government's recent cash for clunkers program were at the salvage yard on Cahill Drive, where they were being dismantled.

The fire apparently started while a worker was drilling a hole in the fuel tank of one of the vehicles, Frizzell said.

About 75 Lexington firefighters fought the fire, which burned as many as 100 cars that were stacked together and destroyed part of the salvage business's building.

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