Lexington firefighters worked for more than 12 hours to fully put out a two-alarm warehouse fire that began early Thursday.
When firefighters arrived about 1:10 a.m. at the warehouse on West Third Street and Newtown Pike, the building was heavily engulfed in flames, Maj. Curtis Works said.
Police closed a portion of Newtown Pike during the morning rush-hour commute so fire hoses could feed water to the warehouse from hydrants on the other side of the street. Newtown Pike opened just after 8 a.m.
Extra units from the fire department were called to the fire, which ultimately destroyed the warehouse full of recycling material and other storage.
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About 7 a.m., a ladder that supported a hose pouring water over the building was brought down. A few minutes later, flames again became visible in the middle of the building.
"It's mostly knocked down at this point," Works said. "We're waiting for daylight to let crews in there to mop everything out."
The Red Cross provided meals to firefighters as they worked through the night.
No injuries were reported, Works said.
Steve Monday, who often works with the property manager of the warehouse, was driving to work when he saw the fire crews.
"It was just gone," Monday said.
There were several trailers and a Corvette in the storage areas of the warehouse, Monday said.
He said the property manager hadn't known what was going on, so he went to his house and woke him up.
"There's a lot of tools and things that we need to work in there," Monday said. "It's just one of those days."