"Brownout" Concerns

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Updated: 12/07/2012 12:49 am
 More concerns are being raised over Lexington's "brownouts" following a car fire on Wednesday.
 Workers at Mayfair Manor nursing home said, after a driver hit a parked car and his car burst into flames, they tried to get him out but that the job was too big for them to handle.
 "It was rough and I think what made it even worse was that later on we found out that the fire stations were actually on a brownout and we have one right across the street and we had no idea it was a brownout," said Brett William, a Mayfair Manor employee.
 The Lexington Fire Department said crews arrived in seven minutes but when there's not a brownout, their normal response time to that address is less than two minutes.
 The department also said that, while the city celebrated a budget surplus last week, it still is not making public safety a priority.
 "It's time to end the brownouts and make it a priority again," said Chris Bartley of the Lexington Professional Firefighters.
 The city would not comment.
 In October, the mayor's office said, although the economy is improving, the city continues to face tight budgets.
 The statement then said Lexington had not laid off a single firefighter as other cities have.

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