A historic building in Abilene is likely to be a total loss after a fire.

Crews were called to the scene at Great Plains Theatre, 300 N. Mulberry, around 7 p.m. Wednesday. Firefighters arrived to find thick smoke and the building was fully involved.

Multiple crews were called to assist.

Maggie Hoffman, the theater's executive director, said no one was inside the theater at the time the fire began, and no injuries were reported.

The structure was built in 1882, and was once the Presbyterian Church building.

Fire destroys historic building in Abilene

Due to the loss of office space, the staff has moved into a temporary office location at 311 NW 3rd Street, Abilene and will continue to operate at its normal business hours, Monday - Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The third show of the season, Always...Patsy Cline, will open Aug. 8, 2014 as scheduled and will run through Aug. 17, 2014 at the Abilene High School auditorium.

To celebrate the seniors heading off to college, the youth improvisational comedy troupe, The Best Medicine, will hold their final show of the season at the First United Methodist Church on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. There is a suggested five dollar donation per ticket.

The Great Plains Theatre will be accepting donations online at www.greatplainstheatre.com or at P.O. Box 476, Abilene, KS 67410.

The cause remains under investigation. A state fire marshal will be on the scene Thursday morning to assist with the investigation.

Photos: Great Plains Theatre fire

POSTED: 09:26 PM CDT Jul 23, 2014 
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