On behalf of Lexington Fire Fighters Local 526, I would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers. PLEASE do not believe all the media reports about this incident. This was a veteran crew, each with over 10 years on the job. We all know how little information is received on dispatch, and this crew was approx 1.5 miles from the scene in a rural area of Fayette Co. Needless to say they would be "first in." The truth will surface in the days to come, so I ask everyone to please reserve judgement until the offical report is made public. Again, thanks for your thoughts and prayers as we mourn the loss of our sister fire fighter.

Lt Mark Blankenship
Lexington Fire Fighters Local 526