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North Ashland Avenue Trash Fire Under Investigation

Posted at 2:58 PM, May 08, 2019

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)– No one knows how a potentially dangerous garbage fire was started on Monday night in Lexington, but recently released surveillance video should help with the investigation.

The cause of the trash fire on North Ashland Avenue remains under investigation. The video shows someone near some the trash cans on the street corner, where they spend about one minute before leaving the scene. Half a minute later, you see flames emerge from the cans.

Within five minutes, the fire spreads to a second can. Fifteen minutes later, it’s a full blaze that even reached the utility pole.

Several cars and a pedestrian passed the fire.

The fire department was called and things were under control within 30 minutes of ignition.

Nearby business owners consider themselves fortunate that the fire didn’t spread to their property.

“It could’ve been really bad. That pole catching fire could’ve dropped that whole power line. So we’re really glad they got out here as quick as they did and put that out,” said business owner David Hungerford.

If you have any information on this fire, contact Lexington Police.