Crime

Lexington apartment fire deliberately set; city's third arson since Christmas

A fire that damaged an apartment early Sunday morning was deliberately set, Lexington fire officials said Monday.

Firefighters were alerted about 3 a.m. Sunday after someone reported smelling smoke at The Racquet Club apartments on Crosby Drive, Battalion Chief Joe Best said.

The quickly extinguished blaze was limited to the kitchen of one apartment, fire officials said.

Investigators determined that the fire was intentionally set, Best said. The investigation continues.

At least three Lexington fires since Christmas have been attributed to arson. In addition to Sunday's fire, the list includes a fire at a duplex on Wilson Street New Year's Eve, and a Dec. 25 blaze at a home on East Seventh Street.

Best said investigators so far have found no connection among the blazes.

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