A lightning strike may be to blame for starting a fire that destroyed a historic building in Abilene last week.
The Great Plains Theatre, 300 N. Mulberry, is a total loss after a fire broke out July 23. No one was hurt.
The structure was built in 1882, and was once the Presbyterian Church building.
Rose Rozmarek, Kansas Fire Marshal's Office, said the fire is officially ruled undetermined due to a possible lightning strike to a gas line. Investigators said they can't say with 100 percent certainty that lightning started the fire, but can't pinpoint any other causes.
There was a lightning strike report near the area, Rozmarek said.
Investigators said the fire is not suspicious.
The case is closed in the Kansas Fire Marshal's office. Private insurance companies and the owners will continue with costs and clean up.
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 $5 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.