Official: Couch Fires, Arrests After Kentucky NCAA Loss

Government official Susan Straub said at least 17 couch fires were lit overnight.

By The Associated Press
|  Tuesday, Apr 8, 2014  |  Updated 5:54 AM EDT
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Arrests After Kentucky NCAA Loss: Official

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A fire is started as Kentucky fans celebrate near the University of Kentucky campus, Saturday, April 5, 2014, in Lexington, Ky., after Kentucky defeated Wisconsin 74-73 in the semifinals of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament Final Four in Arlington, Texas.

Police in Lexington used tear gas to control rowdy fans and several couch fires were lit in the streets after Kentucky fell to Connecticut in the NCAA basketball championship final.

Government official Susan Straub, said at least 17 couch fires were lit overnight in the State Street area of Lexington and there were 18 injuries, most of them minor and treated at the scene.

There were 31 arrests made last night, mainly for disorderly conduct and alcohol intoxication or alcohol related charges, according to the Lexington Police Department.

She said in the statement that one of the injured was hit by a train in the State Street area and taken to a hospital. She had no further word on that person's condition or identity.

Shirtless youths streamed into the streets and lit fires soon after Kentucky's 60-54 loss to Connecticut on Monday night. Some were crying and others hugging after the defeat. The crowd continued to grow after the game despite a chilly, rain-soaked night in the Lexington area.

Reports said some fights broke out and bottles were thrown, but that police used tear gas to control the most unruly fans before the crowd dispersed overnight.
 

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