Fire damages military goods store in Junction City

JUNCTION CITY, Kansas (AP) – Investigators are looking for the cause of a fire that gutted a military goods retailer in Junction City.

The blaze was reported around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday in a building that houses the Military Outlet as well as a Masonic lodge on its two upper floors.

Fire officials estimate the damage at $300,000.

The Masonic lodge had significant smoke damage and lost part of its dining room floor to the flames. Two nearby businesses had minor smoke damage.

State Fire Marshal’s investigator Larry Shoemaker says the fire began near the rear of the building.

Crews from nearby Fort Riley helped fight the blaze.

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