Dark smoke from a massive fire in Lawrenceburg Friday afternoon could be seen from Frankfort to Lexington.
The smoke was coming from a large glass debris pile that caught fire in an industrial park where Dlubak Glass is located.
Employees nearby in one of the glass recycling buildings reported the fire around 12:20 p.m. and evacuated the building. None of the nine employees were injured.
Lawrenceburg City Administrator Robbie Hume said the cause of the fire is unknown.
Firefighters had to set up remote equipment to lower the heat and height of the flames, which reached approximately 100 feet in the air when they arrived shortly after receiving the call.
“They were visible from City Hall when I walked out the door,” Hume said about the flames.
Within the first hour firefighters were able to move closer to the pile to attack the flames, Hume said.
The wind worked in their favor, blowing the flames in the opposite direction of the building.
Flames died down shortly after 2 p.m., but smoke could still be seen for miles.
At least eight fire departments flocked to the scene to battle the blaze including departments from Woodford, Mercer, Anderson, Franklin and Jessamine counties and Lexington, Versailles and Lawrenceburg.
“We could not have gotten it knocked down so quickly without their assistance,” Hume said.
Hume said it’s the largest fire to happen in the city limits since a blaze that burned down a warehouse at Wild Turkey Distillery in 2000.