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Nobody hurt as fire damages Abilene Reporter News building

November 15, 2018
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Abilene firefighters respond to a two-alarm blaze at the Abilene Reporter-News Thursday Nov. 15, 2018 in Abilene, Texas. Nobody has been hurt in the fire. (Ronald W. Erdrich/The Abilene Reporter-News via AP)/The Abilene Reporter-News via AP)

ABILENE, Texas (AP) — Nobody has been hurt in a fire that damaged the Abilene Reporter-News building and forced newspaper personnel to evacuate.

Abilene Fire Department officials are seeking the cause of Thursday’s blaze in the multi-story structure in downtown Abilene. Editor Greg Jaklewicz says a few people were inside the building when the fire broke out around 9:15 a.m. and everyone got out safely.

A story on the Abilene Reporter News website says lights had flickered inside the building minutes before the fire. Some staffers saw fire and electrical sparks outside a third-floor utility room.

The fire was extinguished around midday Thursday, with crews checking for hot spots.

Abilene Fire Department Deputy Chief John Brunett says experts will determine the building’s stability.


Information from: Abilene Reporter-News, http://www.reporternews.com

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