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Four Acre Fire in Lexington


This picture of the four acre fire in Lexington last Sunday was taken from Granny’s parking lot, looking across Highway 77 behind the Bexley strip center. PHOTO BY LEIGH BLANKENBURG. This picture of the four acre fire in Lexington last Sunday was taken from Granny’s parking lot, looking across Highway 77 behind the Bexley strip center. PHOTO BY LEIGH BLANKENBURG. A grass fire broke out around 12:30 p.m. on Sunday near the intersection of Hwy 77 and FM 696 East. About four acres burned before being brought under control. The Lexington Volunteer Fire Department responded with three brush trucks, two mini pumpers and one 3,000 gal. tanker.

Fifteen members responded, plus numerous citizens, helping to contain the fire quickly. Brad Dominy of LAI Disposal and Clay Carter of Carter Plumbing brought heavy equipment that helped to contain the brush pile that ignited from the grass.

Lexington Fire Chief Don Milburn said, “The supected cause of the fire was 18 wheeler trucks hauling large vessels that clipped a cable running across Hwy 77, causing the electric lines to arc.”

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