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Smithville Railroad Park building destroyed

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Smithville suffered a devastating loss when a fire destroyed the city’s museum early Sunday morning. The building, which housed the railroad museum, chamber of commerce office and the visitors center at the James H. Long Railroad Historical Park, was totally destroyed. According to Smithville Chamber of Commerce executive director April Daniels, surveillance cameras captured an individual breaking into the building and leaving within four minutes of entry. The fire began soon after the break-in. It doesn’t appear that anything was stolen, but the building is a complete loss, according to the Smithville Volunteer Fire Department, which investigated the fire. Daniels was visibly heartbroken ...

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