Post-game revelry in Lexington turned to destruction and fire-setting
Saturday night as University of Kentucky fans swarmed the streets
surrounding campus, prompting police in riot gear to move in.College
antics in alcohol-fueled celebrations of UK's Final Four victory
quickly escalated, as young people set couches and two cars ablaze and
hurled beer cans into clusters of party-goers.Firefighters
responded to about 50 nuisance fires, mostly couches set afire on
purpose, according to Battalion Chief Ed Davis of the Lexington Fire
Department. Ten people were injured, he said.Two car fires were set on State Street.
A spokeswoman for the
city said several people had been arrested, though the number remained
unclear. There had not been any mass arrests, she said.Alcohol was everywhere and bottles smashed throughout the area.
Police in riot gear patrolled the party areas and sprayed fire extinguishers on fans who attempted to damage vehicles.
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