Archive for Monday, July 9, 2007

Fire damages museum

July 9, 2007

The investigation continues into Monday's fire at Lansing Historical Museum.

The blaze broke out shortly after noon in the converted Santa Fe Railway depot, which opened as the town's historical museum on July 10, 1999. The fire was brought under control but firefighters continued dousing the building into the afternoon to prevent hotspots from reigniting.

Leavenworth County Fire District No. 1 Chief Rick Huhn said a representative from the Kansas State Fire Marshal's Office would be on hand to help determine the cause of the fire.

City officials and volunteers were moving salvageable items to the Police Department garage on Fairlane for temporary storage.

There was no one in the building when the fire was discovered. The museum, which the city has operated since the Lansing Historical Society turned it over in 2006, is closed Mondays.

For more on the fire, check back later and be sure to pick up Thursday's issue of The Current.

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