Fayette County

Fire damages 5 rooms at motel, closes Versailles Road during response

Lexington Fire Department personnel responded to a motel fire Wednesday night off of Versailles Road.
Lexington Fire Department personnel responded to a motel fire Wednesday night off of Versailles Road. meads@herald-leader.com

A fire Wednesday night at Day’s Motor Lodge off of Versailles Road in Lexington seriously damaged five rooms and displaced at least 15 occupants, but there were no injuries, according to the motel’s manager.

The blaze was first reported at about 10 p.m. and forced the closure of Versailles Road at Delmont Drive as the Lexington Fire Department responded.

Kenneth Bernhardt, who was at the motel with a friend when the fire started, said they were watching TV when they heard a series of sounds and saw light coming through the window.

When Bernhardt and his friend opened the door to the room they were in, they saw flames enveloping the canopy outside. After grabbing some of their belongings, they jumped past the flames to escape. They could hear windows shattering around them.

The smoke was so heavy when the Lexington Fire Department crew arrived, the firefighters had a hard time finding the fire, Battalion Chief Chris Ward said.

When the fire was initially called in, there reports of people trapped inside, Ward said. Firefighters did not find anyone trapped in the building.

No one had to be taken to a hospital for injuries, but some occupants of the building were checked out by paramedics for smoke inhalation, Ward said.

The people who were displaced by the fire were being given a place to stay for the night, the motel’s manager and Ward said. Firefighters planned to stay at the scene to ensure the flames were entirely extinguished.

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