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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.

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

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