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Investigation starts into huge fire at Lexington stockyard

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    Firefighters work to extinguish a fire at Viking Wholesale after it had spread from the neighboring Bluegrass Stockyards on Saturday in Lexington, Ky. Lexington Fire Department spokesman Joe Best said Saturday the blaze was one of the largest he has seen in his 25 years with the department.

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    Firefighters work to extinguish a fire at Viking Wholesale after it had spread from the neighboring Bluegrass Stockyards on Saturday in Lexington, Ky. Lexington Fire Department spokesman Joe Best said Saturday the blaze was one of the largest he has seen in his 25 years with the department.

LEXINGTON, Ky. » Investigators say they are interviewing witnesses to a massive fire that destroyed a beef cattle auction business in Kentucky.

Lexington Fire Department spokesman Joe Best said today that it’s too early to determine the cause of the fire. The blaze Saturday destroyed seven acres of the stockyards operated by the Blue Grass Livestock Marketing Group. No one was injured. The flames also consumed several nearby businesses.

Best says officials are interviewing business owners and others.

The fire churned up a plume of thick, black smoke that darkened the skies for miles. Best says firefighters continued putting out smoky hot spots on Sunday when gusty winds picked up.

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