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  • Crain: Structure fire 'definitely suspicious'

  • The Pittsburg Police Department is investigating a fire that broke out Friday afternoon at a former Kansas City Southern office building.

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  • The Pittsburg Police Department is investigating a fire that broke out Friday afternoon at a former Kansas City Southern office building.
    The fire, which was reported around 4:30 p.m., engulfed a vacant office building at the former McNally’s Manufacturing building on E. 16th Street in Pittsburg. The building was used by KCS until 2000 and later by Thermal Engineering until 2005. Thick clouds of smoke filled the air for close to an hour after the fire broke out. Fire Chief Scott Crain said it took about 45 minutes for firefighters to control the blaze. The fire department remained at the site for hours afterward, taking care of “hot spots.”
    Because the building was vacant, and because witnesses reported seeing “three kids” in the vicinity before the fire started, Crain said the blaze is “definitely suspicious.”
    “There really is nothing there that could have started this,” he said.
    Though the building, which is still owned by KCS, was completely destroyed in the fire, Crain said there was nothing of real value inside the structure.
    No injuries were reported Friday. More information will be released when it becomes available.
     
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