Officials investigating fire that destroyed community center
NATCHEZ, Miss. - Authorities are investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed a community center in Natchez.
No injuries were reported in the blaze that broke out Saturday morning at the Kingston Community Center.
The Natchez Democrat reports that the building originally was built in 1951 as a cafeteria and was the last remaining structure from a school that closed in 1958.
District 2 County Supervisor David Carter said the building was the "heartbeat of the community."
Lake Montrose Assistant Fire Chief Troy Whittington said flames were shooting from the roof of the building when he arrived. He added that 18 firefighters responded within 20 minutes.
Carter said he and another county official had been working on paperwork to get the building named to the National Register of Historic Places.