MAYETTA, Kan (WIBW)-- Investigators are still trying to determine what sparked the blaze that tore through a vacant business in Mayetta late Thursday night, said the Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office. The Kansas State Fire Marshal's Office is expected to join the investigation on Friday, they added.
The Sheriff's Office was alerted to the fire in the town's business district around 10:15 p.m. Thursday. Firefighters from surrounding communities soon descended upon the business and were able to quell the flames within an hour. They also managed to prevent the fire from spreading to a large building next door.
The fire destroyed about 15% of the building, mainly in the northwest portion of the structure, 104 Main Street, authorities said. Much of the rest of the building suffered smoke damage.
It had most recently been used as an office, the sheriff's office said, but it had been used as a cafe in years past.
In all, the Mayetta Fire Department, Hoyt Fire Department, Holton Fire Department, Potawatomi Tribal Fire Department, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and Jackson County EMS joined in the firefighting efforts.