Transformer fire shuts down Euclid Kroger

An electrical transformer fire led to the closure and evacuation of a downtown Lexington Kroger on Friday night.

Lexington fire Battalion Chief Andrew Areaux said a large amount of smoke and flames caused the first crew on the scene to call for back up. About 10 fire trucks were at the store, as Kroger employees and customers watched events unfold in the parking lot.

"We always err on the side of caution," Areaux said.

Smoke and flames were seen coming from an electrical transformer on the outside of the building, about 10 feet from the South Ashland Avenue side of the store.

Maj. Chris Ward said power would likely be shut off at the store at 704 East Euclid Avenue until the early hours of Saturday.

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