- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 4, 2015

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - High winds kept a morning fire burning at thoroughbred training facility on Wednesday, but firefighters were eventually able to get it under control.

No horses were hurt in the fire at the Thoroughbred Center’s facility, which held a tack and leather shop, offices and apartments.

Lexington Fire Maj. Lee Hayden told the Lexington Herald-Leader (https://bit.ly/1C0A8Gx) that employees were in the building, but everyone made it out. One worker was slightly injured but declined to go to the hospital.

The fire was reported at 8:17 a.m. EST Wednesday.

The strength of the blaze and the size of the building led firefighters to call in more emergency workers and equipment. Hayden estimated that 50 to 60 people were involved in battling the fire.

Investigators were expected to examine the site for a cause once materials cooled down, Hayden said. Investigators also will determine where the fire started.

Built in 1969, the facility was purchased by Keeneland in 2000. Keeneland expanded, adding more barns that allowed the site to house up to 1,180 horses. It also has two training tracks.


Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, https://www.kentucky.com

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