- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Lexington officials have declared an “emergency area” where off-campus housing sits near the top-seeded University of Kentucky as NCAA Tournament celebration time nears and the possibility of couch fires approaches.

Councilman Jake Gibbs says in his newsletter that the city’s Division of Code Enforcement declared the emergency area during the NCAA men’s basketball tournament weekends beginning this Thursday and continuing through the morning of April 7, after the championship game is played.

The agency says the area will be monitored for nuisance violations including the placement of indoor furniture outdoors and says such items will be removed.

Some recent celebrations near campus during tournament runs have sent thousands of fans into the streets near campus, with police putting out fires involving sofas, trash and other debris.

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