1:41pm

Fri April 20, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

'Brownouts' Delay Emergency Response

A fire Thursday burned unchecked for several minutes, destroying a family's kitchen, because the nearest fire engine had temporarily been taken out of service. The delayed response was the second incident in two days that drew attention to the practice of brownouts, periods when Lexington takes fire engines out of service for hours or days to save money. On Wednesday night, a 65-year-old man having severe chest pains stopped at a fire station in South Lexington for help, only to find that no one was there, fire officials have said.