Lexington fires scorch dentist's office, Jif plant

Firefighters put out fires at two Lexington businesses within about an hour Wednesday evening.

The first fire was reported at 7 p.m. at Dr. William E. Shores' Family Dentistry Clinic, 3122 Custer Drive. The second fire, at the Jif plant on Winchester Road, was reported about 8:06 p.m., fire department Battalion Chief Andrew Areaux said.

No one was injured in either fire. The fires were unrelated.

The fire at the dentist's office was limited to one room, but the clinic was heavily damaged by smoke, Areaux said.

Shores said Wednesday he hadn't been allowed inside and didn't know how long cleanup and repairs would take.

Shores said an office manager would call patients who have appointments to notify them of a temporary closing. He also asked patients to call the clinic's answering service at (859) 273-2224 for information.

The fire at the Jif plant, which makes peanut butter, engulfed a "cyclone" — equipment that separates skins from peanuts before they are roasted, Maj. Ken Raglin said.

Workers were evacuated safely, and the fire did not spread beyond the cyclone, which Raglin attributed to a working sprinkler system and the Jif plant's internal fire brigade.

The causes of the fires were unknown Wednesday.