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Fire rips through wrestling ring business

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By Meaghan Downs

A fire at Monster Rings and Cages, located at 1020 Cable Court near General Cable, destroyed the contents of the local business on Wednesday night, with the cause of the fire still under investigation by Kentucky State Police.
The Anderson County Fire Department responded around 7:15 p.m. on Sept. 12. Anderson County Fire Chief Mike Barnes said firefighters had to fight the blaze defensively, spraying water from the outside in.
“The smoke was so thick and the heat so high, we weren’t able to get guys in safely,” Barnes said, adding that a storage facility storing torch gases, propane and other explosive gases added another danger in battling the fire.  
According to the company’s website, Monster Rings and Cages began constructing wrestling rings in Lawrenceburg in 1988, and manufactured custom mixed martial arts cages, boxing rings, wrestling rings, exercise equipment and other products.
The facility’s 10,400 square foot metal building suffered heavy structural damage, Barnes said, with most contents lost to the fire.   
No one was seriously injured in the fire, Barnes said, but one firefighter was transported to Frankfort medical center for non life-threatening, minor injuries.
Investigators for the business’s insurance company, a Kentucky State Police fire investigator and a mechanical engineer surveyed the damage with Barnes to determine what started the fire, but as of press time, investigators have not pinpointed cause.  
Anderson County fire, Lawrenceburg city fire, Frankfort city fire, Anderson County EMS, sheriff’s office and Kentucky State Police responded to the scene. Woodford County fire department also assisted in helping to cover the city and county while Anderson County units responded to the fire.