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Fire at Herald-Leader building quickly extinguished

Herald-Leader Staff Report

Fire damages Herald-Leader press

A Sunday night fire damaged one of the Lexington Herald-Leader presses. Lexington firefighters were able to put the fire out and the paper is expected to print normally. Newspapers will likely be delivered late.
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A Sunday night fire damaged one of the Lexington Herald-Leader presses. Lexington firefighters were able to put the fire out and the paper is expected to print normally. Newspapers will likely be delivered late.

Employees evacuated the Lexington Herald-Leader shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday after a small fire broke out in the printing press area shortly before Monday’s edition was scheduled to be printed.

Firefighters doused the flames with hand-held extinguishers and no one was injured, but smoke made the building at Midland Avenue and Main Street unusable for about three hours Sunday night. Employees were allowed to re-enter the building at 11:40 p.m.

Damage was confined to a small area of the press. The press was used overnight to print Monday’s newspaper, though many copies of the newspaper were black and white only.

“We thank our readers for their patience as we work to deliver their newspaper in as timely a fashion as possible,” said Herald-Leader Editor Peter Baniak.

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