UPDATE: Winchester Road now open at scene of fire

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UPDATE POSTED 4 P.M. MARCH 12, 2021…Winchester Road is now fully opened and most fire crews have left the scene.

UPDATE POSTED 3:30 P.M. MARCH 12, 2021

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Winchester Road westbound remains closed as firefighters

Firefighters attack blaze from the back of the building/Steve Rogers-WTVQ ABC 36 News

continue to mop up a fire at 94 Winchester Road that was first reported at about 11:25 a.m. and sent black and gray smoke skyward that could be seen a half mile away from New Circle Road.

The building is the site of the former Oasis Club but firefighters said they didn’t think it “was an operating business.” Neighbors behind the building said they thought someone was “running a shop” out of the downstairs part of the back of the building, but fire officials could not confirm that.

The building was one story along Winchester but slopes down and becomes two-story in the back. Laflame Alley runs behind the buildings.

Firefighters attacked the fire from the top and side and went in the two basement doors as heavy gray and black smoke poured out. They then attacked from a second floor door reached by back stairs.

They also got on the roof and cut four or five holes to vent the smoke and better access and fire that has gotten into the attic and walls.

Firefighters remain on the scene as of 3:30 p.m.

ORIGINAL STORY POSTED NOON, MARCH 12, 2021

LEXINGTON, KY. (WTVQ) – The Lexington Fire Department is battling a commercial building fire on Winchester Road.

Our crew on scene said firefighters had to cut holes in the roof of the two-story concrete commercial building.

According to the Lexington Traffic Management Center, Winchester Rd US-60 between Liberty Rd / E Loudon Ave is shut down in both directions until further notice.

Motorists can expect long delays primarily on outbound/southeast bound Liberty Rd due to the detour, in particular, the areas between Winchester Rd and Henry Clay Blvd, and also approaching New Circle Rd.