By Jason E. Silvers
Fort Scott Tribune – March 22, 2017
An early Tuesday morning fire gutted an old brick building on North Hill Street that once operated as part of a brick plant.
Fort Scott city firefighters were called out just after 1 a.m. after receiving a report from a Bourbon County Sheriff's Office deputy that a building in an area on North Hill Street was on fire, Fort Scott Deputy Fire Chief Dave Bruner said.
"We responded and once on scene we found a portion of the building fully engulfed," Bruner said. "We called Scott Township (rural fire department) for assistance with extinguishing it. We were able to contain it to that portion."
Bruner said the fire "did get into another area," in one of the nearby buildings on the property that made up the old brick manufacturing plant, but were able to control it before it spread.
The brick building, which has sat vacant for many years, was still fully intact prior to the fire.
"The brick portion of the building sustained the major damage," he said. "There was a roof collapse in that area."
Bruner said the Office of the State Fire Marshal was contacted to assist the FSFD in determining a cause. While the fire is under investigation, Bruner said after working the scene, "it looks incendiary."