Police & Fire Dept. ask public to avoid area near Bluegrass Stockyards

LEXINGTON,Ky. (WTVQ) – Police and Firefighters are asking the public to avoid the area near Bluegrass Stockyards for the next few days.

Officials say since Saturday’s fire at Bluegrass Stockyards many people have been stopping by to look at the damage. Police and Firefighters say it is not safe to be walking around the area at this time. Investigators are still at the scene trying to determine how and why the fire started.

Firefighers say the fire broke out between 2 and 3 p.m. Saturday and the place is a total loss. Six employees were working at the stockyards when the fire started and made it out safely, according to officials. Following an inventory by Bluegrass Stockyards, they discovered that 49 animals had died in the fire.

“If there’s any silver lining in the whole situation, it’s that if it had to happen it happened when it did,” said Chief Operations Officer, Jim Akers. “There was a very miminal number of animals in the barn, and very few people around. If it had happened on a Sunday night, there could have very easily been a thousand cattle there,” he added.

Many businesses across the street also experienced significant damage. Some business owners told ABC 36 they lossed everything.

Bluegrass Stockyards is celebrating its 77th anniversary and the company says it plans to rebuild. Officials say the 55 employees that worked at the site on Lisle Industrial Avenue will be transferred to other locations.

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