Emergency crews respond to Kirksville Arts Center blaze

Kirksville Arts Center catches fire Friday. (Raven Brown KTVO)

Fire crews from around northeast Missouri battled fully engulfed structure in downtown Kirksville Friday night.

At about 8:15 p.m., the Kirksville Fire Department was called to the Kirksville Arts Center at 117 South Franklin Street for reports of heavy smoke coming from the building.

Our reporter on the scene at that time saw heavy smoke billowing from the upper back section of the three-story building.

The smoke filled the streets in the surrounding area, and police cars were used to block off traffic.

Firefighters were inside the building trying to get up to the second floor to battle the blaze from the inside.

At 8:45 p.m., it was reported that the structure was fully engulfed on both the second and third floors.

Five minutes later, flames were shooting through the roof.

Dozens of people were gathering around to watch as the old building went up in flames.

Traffic was being directed away from the scene as firefighters tried to do their jobs.

Help from Adair County Rural Fire and La Plata Fire and Rescue was called in.

It appears the Kirksville Arts Center is likely going to be a total loss. There were no reports of any injuries.

There were concerns at one point that Kirksville City Hall may have to be evacuated. The 911 Dispatch Center is located in the basement of that building.

We will have more information as it becomes available. Watch KTVO News at 10 on Saturday for an update.

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