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A 5-alarm fire ripped through a law office in historical downtown Wharton, where buildings are more than 100 years old, causing damage to three structures, firefighters said.
Wharton firefighters, as well as responders from Hungerford, Bolling, El Campo and East Bernard, responded to a reported structure fire at the 100 block of West Burleson Street in the city of Wharton around 11 p.m. Tuesday, said Wharton Fire Chief Anthony Abbott.
It took firefighters roughly 40 minutes to knock out the fire that damaged the Law Office of Ken Lipscombe and the roof of a nearby bank, he said. The fire also caused smoke damage to the adjacent newspaper, the Wharton Journal-Spectator, he said.
The newspaper and the law office are both more than 100 years old and a part of Wharton history, Abbott said.
“(This is) a historical downtown area,” Abbott said. “We wanted to protect them.”
The cause of the fire is still unknown and an insurance representative and the fire marshal will review the scene Wednesday, he said.