Blue Grass Stockyards to rebuild after massive fire

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – Blue Grass Stockyards plans to rebuild in Lexington after a massive fire destroyed the beef cattle auction business.

Jim Akers, chief operating officer, said in a statement released by the Lexington mayor’s office that the city is “part of our culture; our roots are here,” while also noting that it has a central location and is convenient to farmers.

The fire on Jan. 30 churned up a plume of thick, black smoke that darkened the skies for miles. The flames also consumed several nearby businesses.

The Lexington Fire Department ruled the blaze accidental, saying that a construction worker’s circular saw ignited combustible materials. No one was injured.

The statement said the new facility will be on Ironworks Pike near Interstate 75. It was previously located off Forbes Road.