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Fire destroys Jefferson Street Market building in Lexington

A historic market near downtown Lexington was badly damaged when a fire broke out Wednesday afternoon.

The Jefferson Street Market building, a general store which has been closed since the 1990s, went up in flames about 5:09 p.m.

No one was injured. The cause of the fire was not known Wednesday afternoon.

Passersby saw the flames and reported them to the fire department, Battalion Chief Marshall Griggs said. Firefighters were on scene within 3 minutes and extinguished the fire quickly, but not before it destroyed the rear half of the aging building at the corner of Jefferson and West Fourth Streets.

The building was being remodeled, Griggs said. Many of the walls inside had been removed and hadn't been fully reconstructed, giving the fire more room to spread quickly, he said.

Fourth Street and Jefferson Street were closed for about a block in each direction for about two hours.