www.mozilla.com Weather Central
Voices
Headlines

'Zombies' provide fun form for disaster preparation -10/2/2014, 9:47 AM

nterfaith Housing gets $130,000 federal grant for CASH program -10/2/2014, 8:52 AM

Country singer David Nail shows more upbeat side -10/2/2014, 8:52 AM

Coffee-providing candidate to visit Arlington Saturday -10/2/2014, 8:52 AM

44 properties go for $184,000 at annual delinquent tax sale -10/2/2014, 8:52 AM

myTown Calendar

SPOTLIGHT
[var top_story_head]

Historic Abilene restaurant destroyed by fire

Published on -2/21/2013, 8:42 AM

Printer-friendly version
E-Mail This Story

ABILENE, Kan. (AP) -- Fire has destroyed an historic building that currently housed a popular restaurant in downtown Abilene.

The fire broke out Wednesday afternoon at the Kirby House. No injuries were reported but the restaurant was considered a total loss.

The restaurant had closed early in anticipation of a strong snowstorm and had been scheduled to be closed on Thursday.

The Abilene Reflector-Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/Yd5uVK ) black smoke from the fire was so dense that at times motorists along Abilene's main street had zero visibility.

Banker Thomas Kirby built the house in 1885. It has operated as restaurant since the 1980s, and was owned by Rob and Melodie Sprouse for the last two years.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

digg delicious facebook stumbleupon google Newsvine
More News and Photos

Associated Press Videos

AP Breaking News
AP Nation-World News

View this site in another language.