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Fire destroys 5 businesses in Malta building


Fire destroys 5 businesses in Malta building

MALTA — A fire broke out early Wednesday in downtown Malta, destroying a building that housed a weekly newspaper and forcing the evacuation of a nearby hotel, authorities said.

Crews from four fire departments prevented the blaze from spreading to buildings on either side, said Phillips County Sheriff Tom Miller. No injuries were reported.

The 90-year-old brick building was reduced to rubble by afternoon, with only a rear concrete wall standing.

"The ceiling's gone, the front end's fallen," Miller said. "I don't think there's going to be an...

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