Ellsworth VFW Post Deemed A Total Loss After Fire

By: Associated Press - Posted by Suzie Gilbert
By: Associated Press - Posted by Suzie Gilbert

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ELLSWORTH, Kan. (AP) _ A century-old building that housed a Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Ellsworth is a total loss after a fire gutted the downtown structure.

Post 6485 commander Mike Johnson says he is relieved that nobody was hurt in the Friday morning blaze, and that adjoining buildings were spared.

The Salina Journal (http://bit.ly/JbQ2nE) reports firefighters were called to the building on Main Street shortly before 5 a.m., and the fire was under control by 7:30 a.m.

More than 100 flags donated to the post over the years were lost in the fire, along with photos and other memorabilia.

Johnson says investigators told him it looked like the blaze might have started in the kitchen area. He said it's not likely the post will be rebuilt.

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