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Fires in warehouse, kitchen keep Lexington firefighters busy Wednesday

The Lexington fire department was investigating an unusual fire Wednesday night after several people reported hearing an explosion in a warehouse.

The fire began about 7:45 p.m. at the Back Construction warehouse and offices on Contract Street, off Floyd Drive. The business was closed, so firefighters forced their way into the building and found a fire in the back of a company pick-up truck, Battalion Chief Randy Gilliam said.

No one was inside the warehouse at the time. Firefighters quickly extinguished the flames.

The cause of the explosion had not been determined Wednesday night.

About 45 minutes after the Contract Street fire, crews responded to a kitchen fire at the Canterbury Apartments on Lakeshore Drive, just off Richmond Road.

The fire was reported in Apartment 24 after neighbors smelled smoke. Nobody was injured. The tenant was not home when the fire began, Capt. Andrew Areaux said.

The fire damaged the apartment where it began, and smoke damaged several other apartments. The fire department's Community Services Division relocated several tenants to unoccupied apartments. One family needed to stay in a hotel, Areaux said.

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