UPDATE: Fire cause still sought at Ice Center, GoFundMe set up for immediate needs

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UPDATE POSTED 12 NOON JULY 22, 2019

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The community is coming together to try to support the Lexington Ice Center which was heavily damaged by fire earlier this week.

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A GoFundMe account has been set up to help raise money for repairs, equipment and other costs. As of 1 p.m. Thursday, more than $12,000 had been pledged toward a $20,000 goal.

Central Kentucky Hockey Association, (“CKHA”) is a non-profit (501c3) whose mission is to promote, encourage, and improve the sportsmanship, physical fitness, and character of youth ice hockey players in Central Kentucky.

The fire consumed Rink 2 of the Lexington Ice Center, described as a second home to the hundreds of youth players and families involved with the Central Kentucky Hockey Association.

The rink had been the group’s home for the last decade for practices, games and tournaments.

Gary McKale is organizing the fundraiser to benefit Central Kentucky Hockey Association.

“The program will continue this season, as Rink 1 luckily still stands unscathed, but the impact of this disaster is nothing short of devastating,” McKale said in the GoFundMe post.

While Lexington Ice Center will eventually restore the facility itself, much of what was lost belonged to CKHA and may not be covered by the facility’s insurance. If some of it is covered, the replacement cost will likely far outweigh any reimbursement from insurance, McKale explained.

“An official loss inventory is still being conducted, as it is still unsafe and the investigation into the cause is still pending, but it doesn’t look good. The damages are significant and there will be substantial cost to to recover all that we lost in the fire,” McKale explained.

“Sadly, we lost many treasures that simply cannot be replaced – championship banners autographed by our kids, hard-fought trophies, and other memorabilia given to us by some of our NHL heroes and Thoroughbred alumni.

“In total, we will need to raise more money than what we are asking for today; however, $20,000 will restore our hockey program for the hundreds of CKHA youth players and countless other players for the immediate future,” he added.

The initial funding will help replace basic needs to be ready for the season which starts in eight weeks.We have a year to recover all that was lost, but we have some critical equipment that we must replace before our season starts in just 8 weeks.

ORIGINAL STORY POSTED 8 P.M. JULY 19, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Fire crews were out in full force for a call at 560 Eureka Springs Drive Monday evening.

According to the Lexington Fire Department, 30 units arrived to the scene at 6:15. The first reports were of smoke coming from the Lexington Ice Center.

A WTVQ ABC 36 News reporter on the scene said smoke could be seen coming from the building, but not flames. Residents who live in the area also said they saw smoke but didn’t report seeing flames.

The fire was upgraded to a working structure fire, then upgraded again to a second alarm. This prompted a total of 60 units to respond, which is the standard for a second alarm.

As of 8 p.m., the fire had been knocked down, so crews were working to extinguish the fire and check for hot spots. Units were still on the scene.

No civilians were hurt in the incident. One firefighter had to be checked for injuries, but he had no serious injuries.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.