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One person injured, dog killed in storage-building fire in Lexington

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Firefighters with the Lexington Fire Department battled a major fire at Econo Self Storage on James Court One person was injured in the 2 p.m. fire.
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Firefighters with the Lexington Fire Department battled a major fire at Econo Self Storage on James Court One person was injured in the 2 p.m. fire.

A man working on a motor was injured and a building partially collapsed in a fire Monday at Econo Self Storage on James Court off Winchester Road.

The man, who was working with or on motors in one of the storage units, was burned, said Maria Gaucin, who lives in a building on the site with her boyfriend, who helps oversee the business. The man knocked on Gaucin’s door and called for help. He had burns on his face, she said.

The man’s injuries weren’t life-threatening, Battalion Chief Jeff Nantz said.

Flames shot about 20 feet high at one point, and one building partially collapsed, Nantz said. The storage units are in buildings 150 feet long by 20 feet wide.

Fire investigators are continuing to process the scene, Battalion Chief Joe Best said. They hope to determine the cause within a few days.

The fire was reported about 2:10 p.m., and the blaze was extinguished and crews were looking for hot spots about 2:45.

The site is next to the Winchester Road on ramp to New Circle Road across from Eastland shopping center. The ramp was shut down temporarily.

Connie Hankin, the mother-in-law of the burn victim, said he was talking at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, where he was taken.

She didn’t release his full name but referred to him as Justin. He rents a storage unit and might have been working on a motorcycle, Hankin said.

She came to the storage lot to look for Justin’s missing dog, a 4-year-old Rottweiler named Roxie Jo. The Facebook page for Lost and Found Pets of Lexington, KY posted Monday night that the dog was found dead after the fire.

The self-storage business has been in the news previously. The mummified remains of Luther Broughton were found in January 2014 after the Social Security Administration asked for help to serve a search warrant. His daughter Judith Broughton rented the unit. Luther Broughton had died in 1990, and his daughter pleaded guilty to stealing his Social Security benefits. She was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

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