Assistant Chief Craig Duke the roof and walls caved in, trapping a lot of combustible materials in the rubble. No one was injured in the blaze.
The fire was reported at 10:45 p.m. Saturday, but firefighters were driven back when the roof collapsed.
The cause has not yet been determined.
The pawn shop was a downtown fixture for nearly 80 years before it closed several years ago.
Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com
(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or email@example.com.