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Historic Vinita building destroyed in fire

VINITA — Authorities are investigating after a fire destroyed a historic building in downtown Vinita.

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: November 26, 2012
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VINITA — Authorities are investigating after a fire destroyed a historic building in downtown Vinita.

The fire broke out Saturday at the building, which now houses the Hartley Law Firm. Owners say the building is more than 100 years old and that it's previously been used as a federal prison and a candy factory.

Owner Clay Hartley says he was in the process of remodeling the historic building. He says the law firm lost paper copies of files but that the documents are backed up on computers.

No one was hurt in the blaze. A local television station reports that fire investigators believe the fire was caused by an electrical problem.