Explosion Rocks Fairfield Inn Hotel in Lexington, Kentucky After Driver Hits Gas Meter

Nobody injuries were reported after a gas explosion brought down part of a hotel in Lexington, Kentucky. Authorities say the blast was apparently triggered when a car hit a gas meter, starting a leak.

Lexington firefighters responded about 6:15 p.m. Sunday to an activated alarm at the Fairfield Inn by Marriott Lexington, 3050 Lakecrest Circle, Lexington, and discovered a gas leak. About 10 minutes after their arrival, there was a gas explosion. The 60-room hotel was 70 percent occupied when the explosion caused much of the building’s three floors to collapse.

Video shortly after the explosion showing a secondary collapse.

According to Lexington police, a car in the parking lot apparently lurched forward, hitting an above-ground gas meter connected to the Fairfield Inn. An older man driving the car accidentally hit the gas pedal instead of the brake.

Columbia Gas was on scene with police and firefighters late Sunday. Gas and electricity to the building were shut off.

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