Update: Homeless evacuated from burning building

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Lexington fire crews worked for several hours to put out a fire at a building they they say belongs to the Henry M. Stevens Roofing Company.

Fire officials say the fire started in the attached outbuilding and then spread into the larger building of the old business.

Fire crews say the building, located at 431 Nelms Avenue hadn’t been used for quite some time by the business, but it had become a place known for squatters.

Firefighters say they arrived around 11 p.m. Wednesday and pulled two homeless people out of the burning building. Battalion Chief, Mark Harvey said those individuals were checked at the scene and refused to be taken to the hospital.

Crews told ABC 36 that they experienced water supply issues when they arrived on scene. They say that the first fire hydrant they tried to use did not provide enough water pressure and they had to use another hydrant, a block away.

Fire officials say the building is a total loss and that they have been in contact with the owner of the property.  As of Thursday morning investigators were at the site to determine the cause of the fire.

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