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Fire shuts down Lexington Visitors Center, impacts phone services

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LEXINGTON (WSLS 10) - Phone services to the Lexington and Rockbridge County area have been affected following a fire at the Lexington Visitors Center Friday morning. 

The fire was reported at 6:30 a.m. Friday, April 24 at the visitors center located at 106 E Washington Street in Lexington. 

According to Chief Dickinson, the building not only holds the visitors center, but also houses the CenturyLink telephone switch for all of Lexington and Rockbridge County. 

Upon arrival, crews discovered the fire was in the CenturyLink portion of the building. Crews from Lexington, Buena Vista and South River Fire Department's evacuated people from the building. The fire was extinguished at 7:30 a.m. 

Fire officials say folks could have "sporadic services" depending on where you are in the area. There is no impact to 911 services. 

The cause of the fire was determined to be electrical. Damage estimates are at $50,000. 

Officials say crews remain on the scene Friday to try and repair the damage. The Lexington Visitors Center will be closed for the remainder of the day.