Investigation Into Kirby House Fire Continues

By: Lindsey Rogers Email
By: Lindsey Rogers Email

ABILENE, Kan. (WIBW) -- Investigators continue working to determine what caused last week's devastating fire at the historic Kirby House in Abilene.

Officials say the fire that broke out last Wednesday, February 20, started in the basement near the furnace and quickly spread to the rest of the structure, destroying the local landmark.

Most of the charred structure has been torn down to make it safe for investigators to examine the site.

Members of the State Fire Marshal's Office were on the scene this week as they help to determine how the fire started.

"The community is at a great loss. The Kirby House has been a landmark in the city of Abilene for many years. It’s been a real nice restaurant. A lot of people have come to eat there from around the United States and they have bus tours that come in just to eat at this restaurant so for the community it’s a great loss," said Assistant Chief Ron Rein with the Abilene Fire Department

The estimated loss caused by the fire is $1 million.

Officials say there is nothing suspicious about the fire.

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