Fayette County

Fire guts apartment near downtown Lexington

A burning candle could be to blame for a fire in an apartment building Tuesday evening just off Elm Tree Lane.

The fire was reported about 7 p.m. at 264 East Fourth Street. Heavy smoke and flames poured from the four-plex and traffic was blocked on parts of Elm Tree Lane and Fourth Street.

Two of the apartment units were not occupied. The resident of a second-floor unit told authorities he had left a candle unattended, Battalion Chief Randy Gilliam said.

No one was injured in the fire. The second-floor apartment was heavily damaged and the other units had smoke and water damage, Gilliam said.

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