Fort Scott Fire

By: AP
By: AP

Fort Scott officials say at least nine buildings damaged by fire yesterday will have to be destroyed.

City Manager Richard Nienstedt says Fort Scott will rebuild in the area and that the new buildings will fit the city's history. Property loss is estimated to be in the millions of dollars.

Fire Chief Jeff Davis says the fire was fanned by high winds and appears to have started at a bar and then spread to other buildings. The cause is still under investigation.

No injuries were reported.

Scott Army post that was built in 1842 and is now a historic attraction. The downtown buildings are between 100 and 140 years old.

About a dozen fire departments worked overnight to contain the fire. Fort Scott is about 90 miles south of Kansas City.


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