LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) — A Lexington ice rink is back open for business after a weekend fire sent skaters rushing to safety.

At around 9:15 p.m. Saturday, fire crews responded after a small explosion occurred inside the Lexington Ice Center. Owner David Christopher said it happened when employees were attempting to change a propane tank on the ice resurfacing machine.

“We had a propane tank that had a leak in it and that leak ignited and caused a little small explosion,” Christopher told FOX 56.

Christopher said changing out the tanks is “a normal daily procedure,” especially during the busy winter season. The room where the fire occurred bears few signs it took place days earlier, aside from some singed papers hanging on a clipboard. The machine was virtually unscathed and Christopher said it will not be replaced.

“We know it’s amazing that we walked out of a miracle with the way the room and everything, the machine and everything, the way it turned out,” Christopher said.

One employee was treated and released with minor injuries.

The same business experienced a more-serious fire during July 2021. Christopher said that fire was ruled an accident and called Saturday’s fire a “human error accident.” He is just grateful it wasn’t much worse.

“We know we were spared for a reason, God gave us this facility years ago and we’re glad we still have it,” Christopher said.

Christopher sent the following statement out Saturday night shortly after the incident.

“Dear Ice Rink family. 

We had a small fire tonight located in the Olympia room. We have been checked out by the Lexington fire department, Columbia Gas, and the sprinkler system professionals. Everyone has given us clearance to re-open the rink safely. It is our goal as management and owners to have the safest facility possible. We will continue to create a Christlike atmosphere that is safe, clean, and fun. As of right now, weather pending we will be open tomorrow (MLK Day). We thank all of you for your prayers and support.”