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UPDATE: Fire destroys building, damages nearby businesses

Fire crews from Elwood, St. Joseph, Wathena, Troy and Rosecrans all responded to a structure fire in Wathena, Kansas, Sunday afternoon.

Posted: Dec 1, 2019 3:08 PM
Updated: Dec 1, 2019 11:26 PM

(WATHENA, Ks.) Fire crews from Elwood, St. Joseph, Wathena, Troy and Rosecrans all responded to a structure fire in Wathena, Kansas, Sunday afternoon. 

It happened at a building located on the 300 block of Main Street in downtown Wathena. Fire Departments were battling the blaze from 12:30 p.m. until about 4 o'clock that evening.

The Elwood Fire Department said it was a vacant building. The structure collapsed and was completely destroyed while businesses on either side of the building sustained significant smoke and water damage.

Officials said multiple people were evacuated from apartments located on top of one of the structure's neighboring buildings, and the Red Cross is assisting those who have extensive water and smoke damage in their homes. No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire remained undetermined as it's still under investigation.

The City of Wathena posted on their Facebook page alerting residents that the 300 block of Main Street will be closed until further notice. City officials said they hope to get the westbound lanes open by Monday but said the eastbound lanes will be closed for several days, and ask that drivers be patient. 

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It was a pleasant start to the weekend with sunny skies and temperatures reaching the mid 60s. A cold front moving through the area will bring us down into the 30s for lows overnight with gusty winds up to 20 mph. This will keep our highs in the 50s on Sunday under mostly sunny skies with mild winds from the southwest. Temperatures will quickly start to warm up again on Monday with highs in the mid 60s. Rain chances look to stay minimal into next week. Temperatures are forecasted to stay above average for the first day of December on Wednesday.
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