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Dec 7, 2012 3:04 PM

LEX 18 Obtains Police Recordings Of Response To Lexington Car Fire

LEX 18 has obtained the police dispatch audio from Thursday afternoon when good Samaritans and officers helped rescue a man from a burning car on a Lexington street. Firefighter response was delayed because of a city ordered brown-out at the closest fire station, located just a block away.

On the police radio tape, you hear officers repeatedly telling the dispatcher to tell firefighters to step it up, that the fire was spreading, and it was just too big and difficult to fight with fire extinguishers.

The good Samaritans say the victim was extremely lucky the accident happened near a nursing home that was equipped with plenty of fire extinguishers. If not, they believe the 53-year-old man would have burned to death because the fire was spreading so quickly before firefighters arrived more than seven minutes later.

Fire Station No. 7, located just a block away, was closed due to city ordered brown-outs.

The victim was pulled to safety, but many say this raises the question, "what about next time?"

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