Firefighters were called to the heating plant, at the corner of Upper Street and South Limestone Street, around 8:50 p.m. for a boiler on fire, Lexington Fire Battalion Chief Jeff Nantz says.
Firefighters had to attack this fire differently than a normal structure fire, because of the threat that the boiler could explode.
About 30 minutes into the fire, firefighters were ordered out of the building and attacked the flames from the outside.
The fire was put out around 10:30 p.m., but fire crews would remain on the scene, for some time, looking for hot spots, Nantz says.
University of Kentucky officials say that the building houses coal-burning boilers that heat the north side of campus.
The university sent out a series of Tweets Friday night explaining the incident to students and that because of the fire, some buildings would be without heat, for at least the night.
According to the university, the following buildings are affected:
- Taylor Hall
- Dickey Hall
- Reynolds Buildings 1, 2 and 3
Those buildings are mostly used by UK’s College of Education and College of Fine Arts, the university says. No resident halls were affected.
The university says facilities crews will be assessing damage and impact throughout the weekend
The cause of the fire is under investigation, the fire department says. No injuries were reported.