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Lexington police, fire promise not to tolerate dangerous, destructive behavior

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UK Police Chief Joe Monroe UK Police Chief Joe Monroe
Lexington Fire Battalion Chief Joe Best Lexington Fire Battalion Chief Joe Best
Lexington Police Chief Ronnie Bastin Lexington Police Chief Ronnie Bastin

LEXINGTON, KY (WAVE) - Lexington and University of Kentucky police said students and fans celebrating gave them both a test and a surprise after the Wildcats beat Wisconsin Saturday. The celebrations resulted in 21 arrests, most for drunken disorder, nearly three dozen medical runs and 80 fires. Four times as many as the Louisville and Michigan games combined.

It was more than some who call State Street home could handle.

Josh Hennessy, a UK junior, said, "Everybody was trying to climb on the roof, we told em to get off."

Lexington Fire Battalion Chief Joe Best said, "In a large crowd, things that can be insignificant in these times can be dangerous."

Firefighters and first responders will have hundreds of extra eyes, including overhead resources and online.

"We have nearly 800 cameras on the UK campus. We can use for evidentiary purposes and to deploy to areas as needed," said UK Police Chief Joe Monroe.

Lexington Police Chief Ronnie Bastin said, "We made a promise not to tolerate dangerous and destructive behavior and we kept that promise."

A strategy police consider proactive, but not prior restraint. They said it is more like asking students and everyone else celebrating to curb their enthusiasm.

"One dude had four couches Friday night. He had already doused them in kerosene and gas. He got fined per couch because they were going in people's back yards," one student said.

To view fire safety tips for the NCAA celebrations released by the Lexington Fire Department, click here.

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